Airplac® :

the environment matters !




Emball’Iso and the Airplac® Division are committed to protecting our environment for future generations. We endeavor to have the lightest foam board in each product category thus significantly reducing the amount of fuel required for their transport. Foam board weights more than 50% less than equivalent cardboard. The Airplac® polystyrene core has minimal impact on the ozone layer compared to the devastating effect of other competing products made of PVC or polyurethane.

Some Facts

Airplac® foam is composed of 98 % air.

The XPS expanded polystyrene is a polymer derived from Styrene. Once expanded, it is a cellular structure with mostly closed cells.


Airplac® panels are non-toxic when burned. In comparison, the polyurethane based products and foamed PUR panels release HCN acid (hydrocyanic acid) which is mortal if inhaled.


The paper liners on the Airplac® panels comes from suppliers that are PEFC or FSC certified.


Airplac® panels are composed of a styrene foam core that is naturally and permanently white. In order to obtain white cardboard for example, the raw material must undergo a treatment with toxic acids that are very aggressive to the environment.


The head Office factory in France was built to the most stringent environmental norms.

Heating and air conditioning are provided via a geo-thermal system that has a heat-pump directly connected to the ground water. The buildings conform to the thermal regulation RT2005.

The production lines have been fitted with overhead natural lighting.


Polystyrene foam is completely recyclable.

The most environmentally efficient disposal method for foam board is as combustible energy. Emball’Iso supplies all waste foam board to the Lafarge incinerators where it is transformed into energy.

All the Airplac® foam board factories have a compactor where the polystyrene waste is compacted before being transported back to Isopor in Germany for re-cycling. (Link to video)


Recycling Machines at the Emball’Iso Group


In France, we have a Schuko compacting waste disposal system which produces blocks of non-pollutant combustible material for the ecological manufacture of cement. This method eliminates the need for petrol, coal or other polluting sources of energy.


In Germany at the Isopor site, we have an Erema plastic recycling system which is used to recycle both extruded and expanded polystyrene by re-granulating the foam after curing.


In the UK, the factory also has a Schuko compacting waste disposal system plus a similar press to compact in briquette of foam only and send to Isopor for re-use after transformation; for example in the building trade for insulation.





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