Home Depot removes virtually all EPS from holiday packaging

Home Depot eliminates ‘355 Greyhound buses-worth of non-recyclable foam’ from the packaging for its private-label holiday assortment.

Home Depot has replaced EPS with recyclable materials such as structural corrugated, shown at the bottom.
Home Depot has replaced EPS with recyclable materials such as structural corrugated, shown at the bottom.

According to home improvement products company Home Depot, during the holiday season, as gifts are exchanged and online gifting continues to rise, 25% more trash is thrown away. Much of the trash contains expanded polystyrene foam packaging.

The team at Home Depot has found a way to replace EPS foam in its private-label holiday product assortment with recyclable material, including structural corrugated, molded pulp, and polyethylene.

With this step away from EPS foam, Home Depot has been able to eliminate 341,000 cu ft of EPS its packaging. Says Home Depot, that’s 355 Greyhound buses-worth of non-recyclable foam kept out of landfills and waterways.

Watch a video on the initiative.

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