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Polystyrene is a versatile plastic resin used to produce numerous consumer and industrial products. It’s typically used in two forms: solid and foam. Solid polystyrene is used to make auto parts, electronics, toys, kitchen appliances and more. Foam polystyrene is used to make building and appliance insulation, surfboards, lightweight protective packaging, egg cartons, meat trays, foodservice packaging and more.

Polystyrene is produced by heating styrene monomer, generating a reaction that causes the styrene units to attach to each other and form the long chain polymer known as polystyrene. Styrene, a building-block chemical used in the manufacture of many products, also occurs naturally in foods such as strawberries, cinnamon, coffee and beef.

Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group (PFPG)

The Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group, part of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), creates programs to educate the public about the importance and benefits of plastic foodservice packaging, primarily focused on foodservice packaging made with polystyrene.

Check out our Plastic Foodservice Facts website to see how PFPG provides information to public policymakers, students, teachers, businesses and the general public about how plastic foodservice packaging is made and its benefits to consumers and the environment, as well as its important health and safety benefits. Plastic foodservice packaging enables our modern lifestyle by providing a convenient, affordable way to enjoy our meals, snacks and drinks – for the way we live today. presents fast facts on plastic cups, plates, utensils and other foodservice products, explains how they perform environmentally and highlights innovative recycling programs around the country. Check out news and some of the public policy issues around plastics and the way we eat our meals. See why food establishments in large cities would rather see their foam polystyrene recycled than restricted. And see and hear how they’ve become part of our culture.


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