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Enstyro Inc. makes foam shredding equipment that was designed for EPS but it is now used for a wide variety of foams including PE. Shredding and reusing the material in place of packing peanuts is one thought. A shredded fill for beanbags and pillows is an option.
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Just like the currently accepted recycling method, It is too energy intensive due to shipping, melting, shipping, melting /reforming, and shipping. All for a cheap picture frame in the current method.
Enstyro Inc. was founded to solve the EPS problem and the solution is quite simple. Recycle local EPS into local concrete. Both exist almost everywhere and there are many benefits from many densities and uses of concrete.
EPS has amazing properties that we have simply failed to appreciate. The low density requires local solutions so the big money has neglected it. Visit http://www.enstyro.com and change the Styrofoam problem in your location.
Most grinders will crush the eps in the process. Enstyro equipment was designed to shred foam without crushing. Typical packing foam has a lot of empty space and our equipment still only reduces the volume by half. A bag of enstyro shred is around one pound per cubic foot. That depends on the incoming EPS of course. Check the density of your shredded foam if you want to know how much crushing is going on in your grinding method.
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Shredded and sized Styrofoam is a game changer in aircrete. You can make it lighter stronger and more water resistant. Enstyro designs and sells equipment to make outstanding concrete aggregate from recycled EPS. A simple grinder crushes the foam too much and doesn’t give the right size range.
The importance of aggregate size and surface is well known in concrete. Those properties are even more important when your aggregate is nearly weightless and water resistant. Check out http://www.enstyro.com if you want to bring the next generation of foam recycling to your region.
Floating concrete is simple when you have the right mix of EPS aggregate sizes. Similar to sand and gravel in normal concrete, but with near weightless, moisture resistant aggregates.
EPS has extraordinary properties such as density, longevity, flex recovery, and water resistance. I founded Enstyro Inc. which invents equipment and develops uses for this material. In the decade we have been in business, we have found many great uses for EPS and shipped EPS recycling equipment around the world. A customer in the Maldives that makes building blocks from EPS concrete introduced me to Precious Plastics. There is great value in the low density, but these extreme properties mean that you need to get the particle size right for the job. This video describes how Enstyro equipment creates the right EPS particle for each specific use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvQpqsVBno&t=56s
With the perfect EPS particle the possibilities are endless. We recently sent our third shredder to a single company in Australia that makes a stucco or render as they call it down under. A customer in Nigeria is making a sound proofing decorative veneer out of light concrete. A Texas company is using our equipment to produce pump-able concrete firewalls. Mixing EPS in concrete gets rid of the flammability issue. A New York City organization is using Enstyro equipment to produce aggregate for green roofing soil which helps insulate the building while consuming CO2 and reducing run off during storms in the concrete jungle. A university in Canada is mixing Enstyro Shred with natural materials like clay to design new building materials for the developing world.
There are so many uses and our favorite is concrete because we replace mined aggregates while adding insulation and crack resistance. A little EPS in concrete maintains the high strength while preventing thermal cracking thus making concrete more durable. Floating concrete is simple when you have the right mix of aggregate sizes like in normal concrete, but with a near weightless, moisture resistant aggregate. Replacing about half the aggregate in concrete can produce a tough, structural concrete with much increased insulating value. This added insulation can stop the condensation on concrete and prevent moldy basements in many parts of the world.
I do believe that the next material age is at hand and it will start despite the corporate oligarchs, not because of them. There are many new materials and some new equipment yet to be introduced by Enstyro and our inventive and insightful customers. We are here to help if your ready to recycle EPS into a better tomorrow. http://www.enstyro.com