How can I reuse or recycle moulded expanded polystyrene?
Kate’s other suggestion was expanded polystyrene foam packaging because while we’ve covered loose polystyrene peanuts and sheets of foam, we haven’t mentioned those nasty squeaky environmental nightmares yet.
Any ideas for moulded polystyrene that supports electrical stuff in transit? I can’t believe manufacturers aren’t forced to collect it, chibble it up and remould it into something else. Hate throwing it in the bin but what else can you do with it?
Despite hating the feel and sound of it when it rubs against itself (iccccccck), I break it up to use at the bottom of plant pots or to raise the pot a bit higher if it’s sitting low in a planter – but that’s usually just because I’ve not thought of anything else to do with it and it’s just sitting there in the garden when I need something vaguely it shaped.
So any other suggestions?
- Reduce: Support manufacturers who think greener – if there is an option to buy the item from someone who uses cardboard or paper-based packaging, buy from them instead!
- Reuse: There are a number of great reuses for polystryene – as crocks in plant pots, an insulation around a pond, as a coldframe, as a bath pillow – even for mounting artwork on walls. We featured our favourite suggestions in a recent “Five Fantastic Reuses” post.
- Recycle: It is possible to recycle expanded polystyrene – follow the links in the comments to see if any companies are collecting it near you.
- See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas