About EPS – Expanded Polystyrene Foam:
Some Things You May Not Have Known About 100% Recyclable EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Foam)

Our LoBoy Foam Cooler Products Are Synonymous With “Earth-Friendly Thinking”
Doing Our Part For The Environment Through A 100% Recycling Program With Foam Cooler Reclaimation

We’d like to tell you about EPS – Expanded Polystyrene Foam, as we are proud to be the maker of the Legendary LoBoy EPS Foam Cooler and the Insul-Pak line of Cold Chain Shippers & Insulated Foam Shipping Containers. One of the fundamental business philosophies we believe in is doing positive things for our community, employees, and environment.

Fulfilling our commitment to a healthy environment means maintaining a clean, energy-efficient, and safe manufacturing operation.  It also means insisting on a 100% EPS Foam Recycling Program.  We strive to stay ahead of the curve on safety to benefit our employees while we are always mindful of that we are a small part of a much larger surrounding community.

As you can see in the video provided, Magna Manufacturing employees care as much about the condition of their workplace as they care about the quality and reliability of the EPS Foam Products they help manufacture.  As a result, Magna is a multi-year recipient of the prestigious Saving Energy Now Award presented by the U.S. Department of Energy for demonstrating “Exceptional Leadership in Industrial Energy Efficiency.”

LoBoy & Magna Manufacturing – The “Green” EPS Foam Manufacturer

As an EPS Foam Manufacturer who cares about the environment, LoBoy & Magna Manufacturing is a “Green Company” maintaining a 100% EPS Foam Recycling Program on-site.  LoBoy EPS Foam Coolers, Insul-Pak Cold Chain EPS Foam Shippers & Shipping Containers, and our other EPS Foam Products are 100% Environmentally Friendly – For People Who Care About The Environment!

Expanded Polystyrene is easily recyclable for re-use (using the modern machinery at our facility) because of its very light weight.  However, it is not all that easy to collect in it’s original form because of the volume it can take up.  So, we use a special process to render the larger EPS Foam material into a much denser, compact material that is ready to put to practical purposes.  Once we break it up and change its size and density, it becomes a high-value commodity, and that means jobs in the community.

With the right equipment, there’s no difficulty in converting EPS Foam Cooler scrap for use in other valuable products like Expanded Polystyrene insulation in the construction industry.  Additional re-use applications include architectural molding, hangers for clothes, pots for plants, children’s toys, hobby models, office supplies, aeration particles used in bags of fertilizer, and frames for photographs.

The Manufacturing Process of Expanded Polystyrene Foam Coolers

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is an amazing, space-age wonder of environmentally friendly science – a rigid closed cell plastic foam resin made from Polystyrene derived from crude oil. EPS is Polystyrene Foam that uses a blowing agent in the expansion process (little beads are blown up like popcorn). During the material production process called “Polymerization” the polystyrene resin granules impregnated with the blowing agent.

The EPS production process begins by pre-expanding the EPS bead.  Expansion with steam will increase bead volume 40 – 50 times, depending on the required final density. Next, an aluminum mold is filled with expanded bead and heated with steam until they fuse together. The part is cooled with vacuum and ejected from the mold.

Some Environmental Facts About EPS Foam (Expanded Polystyrene Foam Products)

  • EPS is recyclable.  Magna Manufacturing’s 100% Recycle Policy demonstrates the harmonious environmental partnership possible when taking the initiative to make full use of existing Expanded Polystyrene materials.
  • EPS does NOT contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) or formaldehyde.
  • EPS does NOT contribute to the growth of mold or mildew.
  • EPS is inert and stable.
  • EPS does not produce methane gas or contaminating leachates.
  • EPS manufacturing uses little energy.
  • EPS products save resources by reducing energy consumption through insulation systems.
  • EPS is able to withstand the abuse of temperature cycling, assuring long-term performance.