iNSPIRE Q is Getting Greener

At iNSPIRE Q, we aim to deliver exclusively designed and expertly crafted furniture. However, we realize that—quite literally—delivering our products leaves a massive carbon footprint. With boxes and boxes overflowing with Styrofoam, something had to be done.

This image displays many cardboard boxes filled with Styrofoam pieces.

So, we’re going to melt it!

One of our warehouses for iNSPIRE Q products recently purchased the GREENMAX Melter Mars C50 from INTCO Recycling. This machine is designed to help reduce, reuse, and recycle packaging waste. At 56 in. wide, 43 in. deep, and 63 in. high, this impressive machine has a compression ratio of 90:1 and a production capacity of 110 lbs. of Styrofoam per hour.

This is an image of the GREENMAX Melter Mars C50. It is a big green machine, over 5 feet tall and over 4 feet wide. There is a wide opening in the top for the Styrofoam to go through. This machine will help us reduce, reuse, and recycle our packaging waste.

And this machine can compress a variety of materials, including polystyrene, polyethylene, and polypropylene. We primarily use expanded polystyrene in our packaging, which is what we know most commonly as Styrofoam.

But how does it work?

The GREENMAX Melter Mars C50 is quite easy to use! All you have to do is turn it on and drop the expanded polystyrene in the top. We don’t need to make adjustments; we just feed it the Styrofoam and let the magic happen! With screw melting technology, the machine just uses heat and pressure to melt and condense the expanded polystyrene. This process is quick, safe, and completely nontoxic, both for humans and the environment!

Three men dump a large cardboard box of Styrofoam into the opening at the top of the GREENMAX machine.
A closeup of the side of the GREENMAX machine. The melted white Styrofoam flows out of the machine into a metal box.

The condensed polystyrene flows out of the machine as solid ingots. The ingots weigh about 18 lbs., which makes it easy for us to stack. This is much better than having boxes overflowing with expanded polystyrene laying around. GREENMAX then buys back the ingots for proper recycling. This is just one small way iNSPIRE Q can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The melted Styrofoam has solidified into ingots. These ingots are stacked on top of each other, making it easy for us to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

At iNSPIRE Q, we strive to deliver high-quality furniture, but not at a high cost to you or the environment. Packaging alone has always been one of the biggest contributors to solid waste in the United States. But with the GREENMAX Melter Mars C50, we can start eliminating our Styrofoam waste. It is one of many small steps to come, but we are here to do our part to build a better, greener future.

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