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 from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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.
Foam manufacturers are innovating the way polystyrene foam is recycled for both food containers and product packaging.
Banning foam foodservice products would cost millions for the restaurant industry – an industry that already has razor thin profit margins.
Banning foam would hurt small businesses – 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging law makers to oppose SB 568, cited as a “job killer”.
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.
April 12, 2017
Polystyrene Foam Ban Will Hurt Encinitas Restaurant Owners
On November 10, 2016, the city of Encinitas, CA, passed a citywide ban on polystyrene foam foodservice products. Polystyrene foam—not to be confused with Styrofoam,
March 31, 2017
City of Davis Seeks Business Input for Ban on Foam
On April 18, the City Council of Davis, CA will meet to review a ban on polystyrene foam. However, before they make a decision, they
March 29, 2017
Say No To Potential Davis Foam Ban
A new foam ban is being considered in Davis, California and will be going to a vote in the coming weeks. The proposed ban would
December 22, 2016
Long Beach Foam Ban Will Include Public Input
On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council voted to delay a foam ban at restaurants, grocers, and other retailers. Polystyrene foam—often mistakenly referred to as
December 16, 2016
Proposed Culver City polystyrene ban projected to hurt local businesses
The Culver City council voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, grocers, and other retailers from using polystyrene foam products.