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Nova Chemicals and Rapac develop new EPS resin for protective packaging

Nova Chemicals and expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycler Rapac have collaborated to develop and launch new R625B Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) Shape Molding Resin for protective packaging and other shape molding applications.

The new resin is said to contain 25% recycled content and enables molders and brand owners achieve their sustainability goals.

Nova Chemicals EPS Business global business director John Thayer said, "We are excited to deliver a consistent, high-quality, next generation EPS resin with recycled content to North American shape molders. R625B is a resin that conserves natural resources and is expected to spur market development of EPS recycling."

The resin R625B contains 75% virgin EPS from the US-based plastics and chemical company’s Beaver Valley facility and 25% EcoSix, Rapac recycled polystyrene.

Compared to alternative recycled content EPS products, R625B is improved in resin consistency as well as processes similar to virgin EPS resin with requirement for no additional equipment.

According to Nova Chemicals, its R625B using EcoSix resin is offered to meet the demand for recycled content resins by EPS shape molders in North America.