We design our packaging with sustainability in mind. As such, most of our packaging is recyclable, including the shipping materials for the Jarvis Standing Desk frame, which are 100% recyclable. However, we still use EPE foam to package some of our products.
Why do we use it?
We’ve tried a lot of packaging options, and we’ve been able to eliminate EPE from most of our product packaging, but in a few cases there just aren’t viable alternatives without increasing the risk of damage to the product, which would mean increased waste. Weighing our options, we have decided to use EPE in a few of our heaviest and more awkwardly-shaped items (most vulnerable to shipping damage), but we hope you’ll help us make sure that the foam finds its way to a recycling facility.
How do I find a recycler?
EPE is recyclable, but many municipal recycling companies don’t have the facilities to process it. Fortunately there are some facilities around the US and Canada that accept EPE for recycling via mail.
You should first check to see if there’s a facility in your area that might be able to accept your foam. Some will accept drop-offs free of charge, and some can schedule a pickup (usually for a fee). Make sure to check for minimum/maximum quantity, as some facilities only accept large amounts.
If you don’t have a spot nearby, you still have options. Packaging manufacturer Sealed Air has created a network of facilities across the country that accept EPE foam for recycling via mail. Visit Sealed Air Sustainability to learn more and find the mail-in location nearest to you.