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EXPANDED POLYPROPYLENE (EPP) AND PACKAGING

V. Ryan 2012

 

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The ‘His and Hers’ perfume and deodorant set (shown below), is packaged in a box manufactured from white card and a protective insert, manufactured from EPP (Expanded Polypropylene). EPP has a warm feel and yet is rigid and strong enough to withstand constant handling. EPP is a high quality foam that withstands impact, it is resistant to chemicals, has thermal insulation properties and has a high strength to weight ratio. EPP is a safe raw material. It can be recycled and is naturally biodegradable.

EPP has the combined properties of unrivalled cushioning and product protection. EPP offers scratch protection, to products with glossed or polished surfaces. It was originally used to protect automotive components during distribution and was predominately supplied in white. It is now available in a range of colours.
 
 
 
 
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) could have been used, although this tends to crumble and flake apart, after repeated handling. It is often used to protect products during transport, for example TVs. Once a product such as a TV, is removed from its packaging, the expanded polystyrene is usually discarded, adding to what is called ‘white pollution’. It is not as strong as EPP and will eventually break apart if handled repeatedly. It has a lower impact resistance than EPP. Furthermore, it does not have the same quality feel. Expanded polystyrene is a cheap alternative to EPP.
 
 
 
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