Environmental responsibility of foam products is one of GoFoam’s core values.
Foam manufacturers are hard at work developing new materials and technologies with an eye on environmental stewardship.
- Polystyrene foam foodservice products are not manufactured with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or any other ozone-depleting chemicals. [i]
- Foam foodservice products make up less than 1% by both weight and volume of our landfill waste. Most consumers who purchase paper cups don’t realize that more paper cups end up in landfills than foam cups.
- Foam #6 insulates food better than alternative packaging, keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Keeping food at an appropriate temperature prevents food-borne illness and creates a better experience for diners – this is why Miami restaurant owners use it.
All polystyrene foam material can be recycled and recycling is easy for individual consumers and any size business. Foam manufacturers are innovating the way polystyrene is recycled for both food containers and product packaging. More than 65 cities and counties in California have curbside recycling for foam containers. Recycled polystyrene foam can be used to make things such as clothes hangers, picture frames, rulers, and architectural molding.
Did you know that all polystyrene foam material can be recycled? Recycling is easy for individual consumers and businesses of all sizes. Foam manufacturers are innovating the polystyrene recycling process for both food containers and product packaging. Recycled polystyrene foam can be used to make products such as clothes hangers, picture frames, rulers, and architectural molding.
When it comes to foam, it’s not the product that’s bad, it’s the behavior – litter in every form mars the beautiful views that Miami is famous for. Rather than banning foam #6 from Miami, we should focus on educating people about proper disposal for the sake of beauty and ecology.
A foam ban in Miami is not an effective way to deal with litter and will not reduce costs associated with litter cleanup. A polystyrene ban will force individuals and businesses to use alternative products, such as glass, aluminum, paper, and wax-covered cardboard, which can also create litter. There is no evidence to show that litter-control costs declined in the cities that have already banned foam products because a foam ban will not stop people from littering.
“The amount of litter will not change, only its composition.” – Jean-Michel Cousteau, Environmentalist.
[i] Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Defense Fund Friends of the Earth. Statement of Support for The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Fully Halogenated Chlorofluorocarbon Voluntary Phaseout Program
. 12 April 1988.