EVRgreen® is Your Solution
At Epsilyte, we make strategic decisions based on an environmental sustainability foundation. Epsilyte’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the development of our revolutionary EVRgreen advanced material. This innovative material is designed to address the pressing need for a more sustainable approach to plastic packaging, which currently accounts for a significant portion of the world’s waste.
EVRgreen is a biodegradable technology that reacts into the polymer during manufacturing, transforming standard molded products into materials with a new end-of-life story. This technology breaks down the material into inert matter, water, and carbon dioxide, which can be safely and naturally assimilated into the environment.
But that’s not all – products made from EVRgreen® are still fully recyclable, allowing them to join the efforts to fix the U.S. recycling problem. By incorporating this technology into our products, Epsilyte proactively reduces waste and promotes sustainability.
EVRgreen is a solution that works now, providing a more sustainable and responsible option for businesses and consumers. By choosing EVRgreen products, you can contribute to a more sustainable future for our planet, while still enjoying the durability and quality of Epsilyte’s advanced materials.
Biodegradable by Nature, Helped by Epsilyte
With EVRgreen technology, Epsilyte materials used in disposable applications will be well over 90% gone in four years. This is why we say, “biodegradable* by nature, helped by Epsilyte.”*
Physical Property Performance
Epsilyte’s biodegradable* technology does not negatively impact physical property performance.
Water is an integral part of the biodegradation mechanism for our advanced materials. But we understand our customers rely on Epsilyte materials to keep their perishable shipments dry. Epsilyte has extensively tested materials made with our EVRgreen technology to ensure solid (and dry) performance.
EVRgreen technology processes through an enzymatic degradation process (not oxo degradation), so rest assured, your product made with EVRgreen technology will not:
- Become brittle
- Affected shelf life
- Create microplastics
- Require UV protective packaging
- Change the base resin properties
- Biodegrade without a micro-rich environment
Unique Advantage of Recyclability
Products made with EVRgreen technology can be recycled. When polymers go through the recycling process, they experience additional heat histories—each heat history a polymer experiences causes performance deterioration because of molecular weight loss. Unlike oxo-degradable technology, EVRgreen does not accelerate the loss of molecular weight in recycling. Because it uses an enzymatic biodegradation process instead of an oxo degradation process, EPS with EVRgreen advanced technology is one of the first biodegradable* plastics NOT to impact recyclability.
*EVRgreen EPS biodegrades 94% over four years compared to cellulose using the ASTM D5511 test that simulates wetter and biologically active landfills, which do not exist in all parts of the U.S. The stated rate and extent of degradation do not mean that EVRgreen will continue to degrade.
Speaking of Recyclability, Epsilyte Brings you Advanced Materials Manufactured with 50% Post-Consumer Recycled EPS!
124LR, Formulated for Shape Molding
This innovative material is formulated for molded parts requiring a smooth surface finish over various densities. 124LR is specifically designed for packaging applications, not for FDA applications.
Certified by SCS Global
124LR conforms to the SCS Recycled Content Standard V7-0 for a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.
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Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS EVRGREEN?
EVRgreen is Epsilyte’s biodegradable expandable polystyrene (EPS). This advanced material looks and performs the same as standard EPS, has the same shelf life, and continues to be recyclable along with all polystyrene.
This technology transforms a standard molded product into a product with a new end-of-life story.
WHAT TEST WAS USED TO DETERMINE BIODEGRADABILITY AND WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?
EVRgreen was shown to biodegrade 92% over four years under conditions that simulate both wetter and biologically active landfills using the ASTM D5511 test. Wetter or biologically active landfills may not exist in all areas. The stated rate and extent of degradation do not mean the product will continue to degrade.
DOES EVRGREEN’S RATE OF BIODEGRADATION CHANGE IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS?
Like organic materials, EVRgreen has variable decomposition rates based on environmental conditions.
ARE THERE OTHER BENEFITS OF USING EVRGREEN?
EVRgreen is engineered for anaerobic biodegradation. Since the material does not promote oxo-biodegradation, the resin does not become brittle, and no shelf-life adjustments need to be made.
EVRgreen requires no special packaging, no changes in resin properties, nor does it biodegrade without a microbe-rich environment.
Note: Biodegradation occurs in landfills and lowers the volume of material in a landfill cell, freeing up landfill space.
WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND AFTER EVRGREEN BIODEGRADES?
EVRgreen leaves the same byproducts as organic material decomposition. These include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and other renewable organic materials. This landfill gas is captured and burned for fuel without leaving microplastic contamination behind.
Note: This biodegradation occurs in landfills and lowers the volume of material in a landfill cell, freeing up landfill space
ARE THERE OTHER TYPES OF BIODEGRADATION?
EVRgreen is engineered for anaerobic biodegradation, meaning biodegradation occurs without air and produces methane. Aerobic biodegradation happens in the air and produces CO2.
Note: Most landfills are designed for both aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation.
HOW IS BIODEGRADABLE DIFFERENT FROM COMPOSTABLE?
There is just one difference between composting and biodegrading: When compostable materials degrade, they contribute to soil fertilization.
WHERE CAN YOU RECYCLE EVRGREEN?
Call your local recycling drop-off site to ensure that they accept EPS and in what form. Most accept EPS packing material. There are more than 500 EPS recycling programs across North America.
Epsilyte’s long-term goal is for every pound of EPS to be recycled in-kind, creating a circular life cycle.