It is reported that North America and Europe, the plastics industry has fought back the IKEA's action on phase on EPS material.
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced in its December 2016 Sustainability Report that it has eliminated EPS in the "flat pack" system. IKEA did not use EPS was because the EPS is made of fossil fuels, and in many occasions EPS recycling is very difficult.
IKEA said it would "replace it with a fibrous matrix and fully recyclable material," and is working with suppliers to eliminate EPS in packaging, which previously compromised in the supply chain.
"After four years of effort, we have eliminated the EPS foam in all IKEA flat packs, which will reduce the use of more than 8,000 tons of EPS foam per year - more than half of the size of the Empire Building." Said IKEA.
But the EPS Industry Alliance, based in the United States, and the European EPS Manufacturers' Association, based in Belgium, issued a statement that the role of the initiative was minimal, only in the "empty talk" sustainable development.
“IKEA relies on so-called environmental rhetoric to allow 8,000 metric tons of EPS to seem to reduce the amount of waste, but it does not make much sense, even if there is no valuable information on the use of paper substitutes to promote environmental protection. People are particularly disturbed.” The association said.
The two associations have pointed out that IKEA does not explain how this change is more conducive to sustainable development, or what benefits the paper substitutes can bring.
"IKEA does not provide any reference data on the proportion of EPS in its distribution chain, or what progress has been made in the packaging of fibrous substrates," the statement said.
So, the two associations disagree with IKEA's action.