Expert Life Cycle Analysis concludes no better fish box than EPS
A recent (2011) in-depth Life Cycle Analysis has been prepared by PWC Ecobilan in France. It compared the Life Cycle Performance of three fish box materials – EPS, corrugated polypropylene and water-resistant cardboard for fresh fish packaging using real market movements covering the French, Spanish and Danish sectors.
This was a cradle-to-grave study. In the first sensitivity analysis covering energy and waste management – the materials all gave ‘balanced results’. In two other sensitivity analyses covering recycling, the EPS fish boxes give better results than polypropylene and cardboard except in one area – the production of photochemical oxidants from the use of pentane as a blowing agent. This confirms that, in spite of other fish box materials being available, there are no overall better options and the market leading position of EPS fish boxes is justified.