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Sustainable packaging with Styropor®
Raw material
  • Compliance with human rights and occupational and social standards.
  • Anti-discrimination and anti-corruption requirements.
  • Environmental protection.
  • BASF is a founding member of the „Together for Sustainability“ (TfS).
  • Production
    The Production Verbund ensures a competitive supply of key products to all segments with value-added chains rooted in the Verbund.
  • Technology
    The Technology Verbund leverages technological advantages across all segments by breadth, impact, and best in class expertise (e.g. biotech sciences, catalysis, formulation platform).
  • Market
    The Market Verbund creates customer relevance by size and with a broad portfolio, for example automotive/ transportation.
  • Digital
    The Digital Verbund systematically uses and harvests the huge advantages and potential offered by digitalisation throughout the BASF network (data management, scale, artificial intelligence).

Biomass balance approach (BMB)

  • With the biomass balance approach (BMB) certified by REDcert, fossil raw materials required to produce EPS (expandable polystyrene) can be replaced by renewable ones. 

Further information on the BMB approach 


  • BASF's ChemCycling® project aims to manufacture products from chemically recycled plastic waste on an industrial scale in the future.
  • Here you can see which ChemCyling® projects have already been implemented together with our customers. 
Benefits of packaging material along the use phase 

Even after a longer period of use, Styropor® packaging retains its shape, size, structure and insulating properties. The material is insensitive to moisture and keeps food, in particular, fresh for a long time.


The extraordinary damping properties of Styropor® guarantee the safe transport of valuable and sensitive goods, such as food, technical equipment or medicine.

Since polystyrene consists of 98% air, the lightweight material helps reduce CO2 emissions during transport. 
  • Clean polystyrene waste is 100 per cent recoverable or recyclable.
  • Specialized waste companies process EPS packaging waste into secondary products that are reused in the economic cycle. 
  • Heavily soiled EPS undergoes energy recovery and is reused to generate electricity or district heating.

Watch the movie on mechanical recycling for further information

Plastic waste that would normally be incinerated or landfilled can be added back to the circular economy with the help of chemical recycling.

The ChemCycling® project was launched by BASF in 2018 and aims to enable the manufacture of products from chemically recycled plastic waste on an industrial scale.

More information about ChemCycling®



Here you will find everything worth knowing about the classic Styropor® from sustainability and current projects to the product portfolio, technical data and much more.



Here you will find more detailed information on the product portfolio and technical data sheets.


Circular Economy 

Circular economy means decoupling growth from resource consumption. BASF is driving circular economy by making the most of the limited resources of our planet: We keep them in use for as long as possible, minimize waste and create value with renewable resources.