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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Is Foam Safe?

There have been some concerns lately about the effect, if any, styrene from polystyrene foam food service products is having on our health. The question is whether residual styrene in a polystyrene foam product is safe. We need to look at the levels of styrene present and the mode of...

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Kenya NHC Uses Foam

In Kenya, there is a current housing crisis due to the increasingly urbanized, rising population. Roughly 200,000 housing units are needed annually to keep up with the spiraling demands. The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is investing in a new technology which involves the use of pre-made...

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Dart Foam Can be Recycled into Rigid Plastic

Polystyrene foam can be recycled into components used to manufacture hard plastic, thanks in part to entrepreneurs in Mexico. A machine called Reps-01 has been designed that can turn foam into transparent hard plastic, the first of its kind in Mexico. Hector Ortiz founded the company Rennueva that designed this machine, which can produce 97kg of plastic pellets from 100kg of foam in one hour. These pellets can then be used to create rigid plastic items, and can also be used as the raw material in 3D printing as a cheaper alternative to filament. The idea for this machine was developed to combat the rising garbage problem in Mexico....

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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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