Who doesn’t enjoy a squishy, spongey piece of foam? Sometimes we like to gather up all of the thermoforming foam scraps and jump in them like a pile of leaves. Well, alright, we’ve never actually done that, but it’s on our bucket list. At any rate, here’s a quick look at thermoformed foam and some of the foam-related services we can provide for our customers.
1. Foam Is Recyclable
While it doesn’t feel like a rigid plastic, like a water bottle or frozen dinner tray, foam is a thermoplastic just like the other materials we use here at Indepak. Every type of plastic is categorized with a special resin identification code. For instance, water bottles typically are produced using polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, and this has a code of 1.
Extruded polystyrene, a common type of thermoforming foam, has a resin code of 6, and while it’s not as easy to recycle as PET, it can be recycled again and again. There are also starch-based foam options, which are created using renewable materials. Keep in mind, because of its light weight; it is cheaper to transport than many other materials, requiring less fuel and you can transport more units per shipment, which also reduces fuel use, so polystyrene has environmental advantages over other heavier materials, even if it’s a bit trickier to recycle.
2. High-Speed Forming Is Perfect For Many Foam Products
There are so many products and packages that can be created by thermoforming foam. Single-use cups, plates, bowls and takeaway boxes for restaurants are just a few of the options. At Indepak, we’ve been creating products and packaging for more than 50 years, and using foam materials is one of our areas of specialization. So whether you need a foam clamshell or foam coffee cups or something else entirely, our design and production teams are up to the challenge.
3. Die-Cutting Is A Versatile Option
Foam is not just an option for products such as cups and clamshells. Custom foam inserts protect products and parts and there is virtually no end to the possible configurations we can create. We can create basic foam liners as well as custom die-cut foam liners with multiple cavities. Foam liners absorb impact, protecting your products from damage during transportation. If you have static-sensitive products, thermoforming foam can protect these items from static electricity, as well.
4. Foam Is Affordable
Cutting costs is always a priority, and thermoformed foam is a highly affordable material. Not only will you save money on your package production, the lightweight reduces shipping costs. As we stated earlier in this post, because of the light weight, you can move more units in a single shipment.
5. Foam Resists Moisture & Mold
Aside from its impact resistance and affordability, thermoforming foam also can save you money in other ways. Not only is foam moisture-resistant, this material also resists bacteria growth and mold growth, which can protect your products from moisture-related damages.
No matter what type of foam packaging or product you might need, the team at Indepak is here to help. Our facility includes multiple lines of high-speed equipment, capable of thermoforming foam from about 1/16” up to 1/4” in thickness. We can create everything from foam clamshells to custom foam inserts, so if you have a foam-related project, give us a call today.