News Archive

  • Foam vs. Paper

    December 18, 2013

    Recently, polystyrene foam products have been scrutinized in the news. Cities across the United States have proposed various bans on foam foodservice products stating a variety of reasons such as filling up landfills, litter, and environmental issues. However, most of these claims are based on false information and common misconceptions. Get familiar with the facts by reading below:...read more

  • Use Foam=Save Money

    December 06, 2013

    Polystyrene foam is one of the most cost effective options for small businesses because it is significantly less expensive than alternatives. Replacing foam with another product, such as paper, would likely cost twice as much, putting unnecessary pressure on small business owners trying to stay profitable....read more

  • Foam Ban Concerns

    October 01, 2013

    Many leaders within the city of Portland, Maine are raising concerns over the economic impact of a potential ban on polystyrene foam foodservice items. First introduced by City Councilor Ed Suslovic last year, a foam ban of this nature would prohibit food vendors, restaurants and other businesses within the city from using polystyrene foam materials....read more

  • Foam Benefits for Manufacturers

    September 24, 2013

    It’s long been known that polystyrene (PS) foam items, such as food take-out containers and cups, provide convenience for consumers, but this material is also valuable to manufacturers as well. Compressed foam is often used in the production of brand new consumer items, such as picture frames and crown molding....read more

  • Foam Misconceptions

    August 28, 2013

    While polystyrene foam foodservice items, such as takeout containers and cups, are a convenience that many consumers enjoy, these items are actually made of recyclable material. In a letter to the Renton Patch Editor, Marilyn Lauderdale, owner of Styro Recycle LLC, a polystyrene foam recycling organization located near Seattle, WA, wants to make sure consumers understand that not only are foam products a convenient and economical choice, but they can be recycled and most often are the best choice for the environment compared with alternative products....read more

  • Foam = Best Value

    August 16, 2013

    Polystyrene (PS) foam service items such as food takeout containers, foam cups, and shipping materials provide convenience for consumers, but these items also allow organizations and business to take advantage of their value from a financial and environmental perspective as well....read more

  • U. of Michigan Encourages Recycling

    June 26, 2013

    College fraternity life and making sustainable living choices don’t always go hand-in-hand, but one group on the University of Michigan campus is implementing programs to change that. The U-M Greek Life Sustainability Team (GLIST) is providing incentives to fraternities to increase their annual recycling rate in exchange for a discount on single-use plastic cups, a staple for many fraternity parties, through a program called Trust for Cups....read more

  • Foam Wonderbag

    June 18, 2013

    A South-Africa-based entrepreneur and a social activist have teamed up to develop a new product that can be used for cooking in rural areas of Africa, where traditional cooking methods can cause smoke inhalation and deforestation. Sarah Collins and Moshy Mathe have created a new tool called the Wonderbag, an item that can store a pot of boiling liquid and keep it warm so that it continues cooking....read more

  • Foam Recycling Award

    May 28, 2013

    After recycling expanded polystyrene (EPS) – a category of consumer foam products – for nearly 20 years and operating 18 EPS recycling facilities across the U.S. and internationally, Dart Container Corporation has been awarded the Excellence in EPS Recycling Award from the EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA). The annual award, presented to companies that display an extraordinary commitment to the advancement of EPS recycling, was given to Dart at the 2013 EPS EXPO in Cincinnati in March....read more

  • Dow Recycles

    February 11, 2013

    Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company, a producer of plastic and polystyrene foam materials, has launched a new progressive concept that hopes to take consumers beyond the commonly known “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” campaign. Dow hopes that by adding a fourth “R” of “Recover” to the concept consumers will not view plastic or polystyrene packaging as waste, but as just another step in the new “4R” approach....read more