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Fresh salmon packed with Styropor® Ccycled™: The world’s first EPS fish boxes based on chemically recycled plastics

Norwegian salmon producer Bremnes Seashore is now using sustainable fish boxes made from Styropor® Ccycled™ for its high quality BÖMLO® salmon filets. The boxes are manufactured by Vartdal Plast using raw material sourced from BASF.

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Sustainable packaging – food contact approved

The production process of fish boxes remains unchanged for Vartdal Plast, as the production of Styropor® Ccycled™ boxes does not require any additional adjustments. Likewise, packaging made of Styropor® Ccycled™ continues to have the same advantages as regular Styropor®The manufacturing process is based on chemical recycling, in which plastic waste is converted into pyrolysis oil and then fed into BASF's value chain. The fact that the packaged fish arrives at its destination well chilled and, above all, fresh, is made possible by the excellent temperature resistance of Styropor®. In addition, the impact resistance of EPS packaging ensures that the goods remain intact during delivery.

The EPS Fish Box is a well-known and trusted companion of ours with excellent properties for maintaining and securing the cold chain during transport. A secure cold chain is vital for food safety and preventing food waste. For us at Bremnes Seashore it’s exciting to try an alternative where the carbon footprint is significantly reduced and we always appreciate initiatives that promote the circular economy,” says Simon Nesse Økland, Head of Development at Bremnes Seashore.

Recycling of EPS fish boxes

However, the life of Styropor® Ccycled™ boxes does not end with the successful delivery of the fish. In Scandinavia and many other European countries, used EPS fish boxes are collected and recycled. The material resulting from the pressed and shredded boxes can then be reused in production, for example to make EPS insulation material.

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“Chemical recycling of plastic waste is not only an essential building block to achieve the European circular economy targets but is especially useful for applications with high requirements for the quality and safety of the material such as protective packaging, pharma boxes and food packaging. We are therefore very proud of the ChemCycling™ project with Bremnes Seashore on EPS fish boxes and we are happy to have helped our customer to progress on his sustainability path,” says Klaus Ries, head of BASF’s styrenics business in Europe.

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