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Explore the economic impact of foam.

The foam industry provides thousands of jobs and saves millions of dollars every year.

A ban on foam would mean a serious impact on small business owners and organizations that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.


Foam Across Industries

Education
A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.
Healthcare
Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.
Manufacturing
The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.
Foodservice
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.
Small Business
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.
Shipping
Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • August 7, 2014

    Study Shows Foam Better for Environment than Alternatives

    A study recently released is putting to rest misconceptions about polystyrene foam products and their impact on the environment. Completed by Franklin Associates for the

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  • May 22, 2014

    New Foam Ban Measures Questioned in Minneapolis

    The City of Minneapolis, MN recently decided to take a proposed amendment that would change the way many of its local restaurants, grocery stores, food

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  • April 7, 2014

    Portland Foam Ban Opposed in Committee Meeting

    While some members of the Portland, Maine, Committee on Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy met on Wednesday, March 19, to discuss the proposed polystyrene foam ban,

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  • January 15, 2014

    Pittsburgh Area Urged to Recycle Polystyrene Foam

    Residents of Pittsburgh, PA, are being encouraged by members of the Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) to submit the polystyrene foam used to package recently purchased

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  • November 5, 2013

    MCS Industries, Inc. Wins Coveted Recycling Award

    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently announced the winners of their 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards which recognizes organizations that demonstrate a high level of

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