Lifecycle analysis (LCA) is a process by which a product is examined, cradle-to-grave, for its environmental impact.
When it comes to XPS insulation products, LCA shows that XPS stacks up as sustainable product.
(It should be noted that while post-consumer recycled polystyrene can be used in the XPS manufacturing process, the collection infrastructure for such recycling efforts in the U.S. currently does not exist to support it. Past initiatives made by the XPS industry to collect polystyrene food trays and recycle them into post-consumer XPS insulation boards were not successful because they were not economically-feasible, but such recycling programs could be developed in the future.)
For more information about XPS foam and LCA, we invite you to explore the links below:
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