When it comes to selecting the best food service packaging products, polystyrene packaging delivers. No other food service packaging material provides polystyrene's unique combination
of performance, economic and environmental benefits.
Polystyrene food service packaging:
- Is extremely strong yet lightweight.
- Provides excellent insulation.
- Enhances food service sanitation and protects public health.
- Is less expensive than many other food service packaging options.
- Has less environmental impact during its manufacture than paperboard
food service packaging.
- Government officials, school administrators and parents have an increased sense of
security about the safety of food service in their children's schools.
- The ability of outreach programs to provide delivered, ready to eat meals to elderly
and homebound is enhanced.
- The long-distance driver knows the cup will be sturdy and the beverage warm
for many miles.
- The single person and the working parent know the dinner they pick up on the way
home will stay warm and ready to eat without spilling.
- Can be shatterproof and transparent if required.
- Good electrical insulation.
- Easy to process and produce in a range of attractive colours.
- Easy to recycle.
The food safety benefits of polystyrene foodservice packaging are undisputed.
The United States Food and Drug Administration regulate the safety of food
contact packaging and has approved the use of polystyrene since 1958, so too
have governments around the world.
Polystyrene offers better food protection:
- Lightweight but gives significant mechanical firmness
- Food protection reinforced through forms adaptable to specific foodstuffs
- Shape and quality retention over long periods of time
Polystyrene equals safer transport and in-store handling:
- Polystyrene packages are not damaged during use
- Glass may crack or even break
- Cardboard cannot withstand humidity
Tests have shown that disposable food service ware such as polystyrene is more sanitary
than reusable service ware, that need washing and drying. Superior hygiene is guaranteed
as polystyrene protects food from bacteria and moisture and provides a guaranteed quality
and longer shelf life. This helps prevent the spread of diseases.
Polystyrene food service products are 2 to 3 times more economical than paper board and reusalble food service items. A polystyrene hot beverage cup requires about 50 percent less energy to produce than a similar coated paperboard cup with a corrugated cup sleeve.
Decreasing energy usage is also considered one effective way to slow global warming. Also keep in mind that only 5 percent of expanded polystyrene foam packaging is polystyrene, the rest is air.
All packaging leaves an environmental footprint regardless of material type. It takes energy and raw materials to produce, transport, and recover or dispose of all materials. So it is important to measure all of these impacts throughout the entire lifecycle of the product.
- Polystyrene foam has a slow cabon footprint because it’s lightweight. Per unit it uses less resources, energy to manufacture, fuel to transport and less material needs to be recycled.
- No CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons) are used in the manufacturing of expanded polystyrene helping to reduce the damage to the earth’s ozone layer.
- It uses less energy in manufacturing and recycling that paper or glass.
- Polystyrene is only a by-product of oil conversion – no oil is drilled simply to produce polystyrene.
- Foam polystyrene cups weigh between two to five times less than comparable paper packaging products. This means fewer air emissions when transporting products.
- The Greenhouse gas emissions of plastics, including Polystyrene, are 76% less than other, alternative materials.
- Reusables require water and energy to clean. Using polystyrene foodservice packaging conserves these important resources.
- High-energy content materials like polystyrene provide heat and light for neighboring communities. At over 16,000 BTUs per pound, polystyrene contains twice the energy of
coal and burns cleanly.
- Polystyrene offers excellent insulation properties and is widely used for packaging of take-away meals, hospital meals and cups for hot and cold beverages. No “double cupping” is needed and therefore reduces waste.
- Polystyrene is not “filling up” landfills. In fact, polystyrene foodservice packaging currently accounts for less than 1 percent by weight and volume of land-filled materials. Paper and paperboard products make up the largest category of material (approximately 31 percent) disposed in our landfills.
Today’s busy lifestyles require convenience of affordable and quick take-out meals.
Polystyrene packaging meets the demands of today’s modern lifestyles by offering an economical and high quality food service product.
Consumers enjoy the benefits of sturdy and strong polystyrene foodservice containers.
And polystyrene packaging insulates extremely well to maintain food temperature, which
can reduce food waste due to spoilage or damaged packaging and leakage.
Hot foods stay hot. Cold foods stay cold. Fresh foods stay fresh. From organic salads to
spicy chili, polystyrene packaging offers more convenience and dining enjoyment for
people on the go.