Why Not Polystyrene (Styrofoam)?

Environmental Issues of Polystyrene Polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam, is often the material of choice for many meat, poultry, seafood, and produce processors; although this material is widely used, it poses substantial threats to both human health and the environment as a whole. 500 Years to Decompose… Large quantities of polystyrene are used every [...]

By |November 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Not Polystyrene (Styrofoam)?

WHAT ABOUT FOAMED PET?

WHAT ABOUT FOAMED PET? Foamed PET has the look and feel of polystyrene, but it is made from PET plastic.  Never heard of it?  You’re not the only one!  The two largest MRFs (materials recovery facility) in California and the largest MRF in the U.S. never heard it either – and don’t recycle it.  In [...]

By |February 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WHAT ABOUT FOAMED PET?

Molded Fiber Versus PET

Molded Fiber -- Deforestation Molded fiber (aka molded pulp) vs PET plastic (For the abridged PDF version, click here.) The City of San Diego could be banning foam meat trays, and that has sent retailers and food processors alike scrambling for an eco-friendly alternative. In fact, more than 200 cities, counties, and [...]

By |January 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Molded Fiber Versus PET

Where are they banning foam — and why?

Did you know that the packaging industry represents one-third of all trash? Did you know that foam food trays are key contributors to that trash? For years, scientists have documented the harmful effects that foam has had on the environment. Not only is the production process abysmal for air quality, but the disposal of [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where are they banning foam — and why?

Can Compostable Bioplastic Foam Melt?

DID YOU KNOW? Compostable bioplastic foam trays can start to melt/warp at low temperatures (e.g., 105°F for some), making them very difficult to use — especially in warm climates. They should be shipped in refrigerated trucks and cannot be stored on a detached truck. They generally cannot be stacked above 15 feet (because warm air [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Can Compostable Bioplastic Foam Melt?

Going Green – and Going Crazy?

Blog Going Green – and Going Crazy? Just what do polystyrene, PET, polypropylene, compostable, biodegradable and recyclable mean anyway? Are you considering an alternative to your foamed plastic food trays, but confused as to what the differences are among the various options?  If so, you’re not alone!  [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Going Green – and Going Crazy?
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