Environmental Responsibility

Using and recycling foam products responsibly is one of GoFoam’s core environmental values.

Foam Facts:


foam paper cup waste comparison_gofoamWhen it comes to foam, it’s not the product that’s bad, it’s the behavior – litter in every form mars the beautiful scenery that defines Oregon. Rather than banning foam in Oregon, we should focus on educating citizens about proper disposal for the sake of beauty and ecology.

Switching to foam alternatives in Oregon is not an effective way to deal with litter, and will not reduce costs associated with litter cleanup. Eliminating polystyrene will force individuals and businesses to use products such as glass, aluminum, paper, and wax-covered cardboard, all of which create litter. There is no evidence to show that litter-control costs declined in the cities that have already banned foam products, because a foam ban will not stop people from littering.

In Portland, the immediate effect of the foam ban was that foam recycling at the Portland-based Denton 10 Plastics was discontinued, while the substitute paper products were simply thrown out by consumers.

“The amount of litter will not change, only its composition.” – Jean-Michel Cousteau, Environmentalist.[ii]

Polystyrene foam is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company that is used for insulation not food packaging products.


[i] Environmental Resources Planning, LLC, The Contribution of Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products to Litter, prepared by Steven R. Stein, May, 2012, pp 4, Table 1.

[ii]Graph above: JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, EDITORIAL, TARGET LITTERBUGS, NOT PRODUCTS, TO CLEAN UP BEACHES, VENTURA COUNTY STAR (DEC. 18, 2005)

[iii] IWMB, PLASTICS WHITE PAPER: OPTIMIZING PLASTICS USE, RECYCLING, AND DISPOSAL IN CALIFORNIA, 45 (May 2003)

[iv] Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Defense Fund Friends of the Earth. Statement of Support for The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Fully Halogenated Chlorofluorocarbon Voluntary Phaseout Program. 12 April 1988.