Explore the economic impact of foam.
The foam industry provides thousands of jobs across the country and saves consumers millions of dollars every year.
Businesses and government facilities in Chicago rely on foam. Alternative products don’t insulate nearly as well, they cost more, and in many cases, they generate more waste, while increasing air and water emissions over their life cycles.
Foam Across Industries
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
The foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging in providing healthy food to their customers.
Many restaurants that use foam are considered small businesses. From an economic perspective, foam is often the most cost effective choice for small business owners.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.
June 26, 2017
Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know
As some states, cities, and communities debate expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Foam opponents often argue that foam is
October 13, 2016
Elgin Businessman Seeks to Transform Foam Recycling
Kenneth Santowski, owner of Chicago Logistic Service (CLS) in Elgin, wants to create a polystyrene foam recycling program that can be imitated anywhere in the
May 18, 2016
Dart Container Opens Foam Drop-Off Recycling Center
Dart Container established a free foam drop-off center in Chicago, Illinois. The center will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The
January 28, 2014
Testimony Sheds New Light on Proposed Chicago Foam Ban
The City of Chicago is currently reviewing an amendment that would change the type of single-use foodservice items available for use throughout the city. The
August 16, 2013
Chicago Music Fest Goes “Green” with Recycling Initiative
A music festival over the weekend of July 27-28 in the Wicker Park community just outside of Chicago, IL, not only featured great tunes, but