Why Choose Foam?

A soft drink in a foam cup will still have more carbonation in it after 15 minutes than the same drink in a paper cup after 2 minutes.

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The Truth About Foam

Foam, sometimes mistakenly referred to as ‘Styrofoam®’ which is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, is one of our most valuable products because foam is inexpensive and safe to use. Most hospitals use foam products because foam products minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens compared to reusables. Foam is recyclable while also providing many consumer benefits. Foam products are lightweight, sturdy, inexpensive, and insulated. Foam cups can be recycled. Dart Container Corporation has 15 recycling centers in North America. There are many consumer and small and big business solutions for recycling foam....

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Landfill Myths

Foam makes 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.

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Architects Use Foam for Innovative Building Design

While foam products are common items throughout most households – consumers often use them as take-away food containers, hot beverage cups, and packaging material for shipping – it’s a safe bet that most people could not imagine their home being made of polystyrene foam. While this idea may seem like something from the future, a group of researchers has recently developed use for polystyrene foam as an architectural component for public building structures, and believes it could revolutionize the industry. A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) spent the last two years developing a new form of arch made from expanded...

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Foam Recycling Rates Climb

Ensuring that recyclable materials are disposed of responsibly is a daily occurrence in most homes, organizations and school campuses. Polystyrene foam products can be some of the items recycled. The EPS Industry Alliance, an advocacy group for individuals and organizations within the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry, recently released a statement noting that the rate of EPS foam recycling has continually increased over the last twenty-plus years.1 EPS is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. Foam is the material that makes up the single-use foodservice items consumers prefer,...

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Recycling Coalition

Polystyrene foam is a widely used product. Foam cups hold morning coffee. Foam peanuts hold fragile packaging. Foam clamshells store leftover food. Some local governments have enacted bans to eliminate foam from everyday lives, but a more reasonable solution is to increase the initiatives for...

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3G1V Collects Foam

A company called Three Guys, One Vision (3G1V) in Tampa, Florida, is becoming a huge contributor in recycling expanded polystyrene (EPS) by accepting what is known as “dirty Styrofoam.” Styrofoam is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company and is mistakenly used to describe all foam...

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Video: Recycle Foam

A recently released video showing the process and need for recycling polystyrene foam is making waves throughout the industry. Produced by Dart Container Corporation and Moore Recycling Association, the 11-minute video features Todd Sutton, who has dubbed himself “the Waste Sleuth.” Sutton...

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Artist Uses Foam Cups

In response to his deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003, and his return trip as a delegate to the International Labor Conference in 2009, war veteran Aaron Hughes recently launched a project to start a conversation regarding difficult war topics and to make sense of the traumas that come with being deployed. Through his installation known as The Tea Project, the artist and teacher is using polystyrene foam cups as a mold to create and display 779 porcelain tea cups, each representing one of the men detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.1 The Tea Project is a series of exhibits and performances that are all centered on the foam cups...

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EPS Foam Recycling

The EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) published its annual report detailing the amount of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycled throughout the United States. The report shows steady growth in the amount of EPS recycling due to the EPS collection and processing technology advancements, as well...

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