Explore foam’s economic impact.
The foam industry provides thousands of jobs throughout the country and saves consumers millions of dollars every year.
Businesses and government facilities across the South East region – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky – 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 PS 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.
August 26, 2016
Georgia County Awarded Grant to Expand Foam Collection Program
The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC), part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, awarded Athens-Clarke County in Georgia a $29,000 grant to expand the county’s polystyrene foam
October 5, 2015
Industry Seeks to Clarify Foam Fallacies in the Southeast
The foam industry has ramped up its educational efforts throughout the southeastern region of the United States, seeking to clear up misconceptions that persistently malign