Nope, there are no Styrofoam cups and there aren’t Styrofoam meat trays, coolers, packing peanuts, or other foam products, either. After years of reading media reports about how “Styrofoam is bad for the environment”, I wanted to take a minute on Earth Day to talk about STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. If you’ve ever wondered if you can be environmentally responsible and still craft with STYROFOAM Brand Foam, read on. (And there’s a chance to win a prize pack, too.)
Did you know that the word “STYROFOAM” is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company, and has been for 65 years? The only products that are “STYROFOAM” are building products made by Dow, such as Blue* STYROFOAM Brand Insulation, and the white and green craft foam. That’s it. There are no other “STYROFOAM” products.
Foam cups, coolers, meat trays, egg trays, packing peanuts, etc., etc., aren’t genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam. They are generic foam products and they’re not made by Dow and they’re not made from STYROFOAM Brand Foam. In fact, all of those disposable foam products are made by an entirely different manufacturing process. That said, I think we can all agree that these disposable foam products present an environmental challenge, and they need to be recycled. (I’m fortunate that my local grocery store has a collection bin for polystyrene foam containers.)
Here’s some good news about STYROFOAM Brand Products:
- STYROFOAM Brand Products are installed in more than 20 million residential and commercial buildings worldwide to help save energy.
- STYROFOAM Brand Insulation currently insulates more than 20 billion square feet, saving residential and business owners an estimated $10 billion in energy costs annually.
- STYROFOAM Brand Products from Dow save more energy each year than Dow uses to produce all of its products across the globe.
- All of the shred made from the manufacture of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and the fabrication of the foam is recycled. That’s right, it’s not going to landfills, it’s going right back into the manufacturing process.
- There are no VOCs in STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
What I like to stop and think about is how generations of families have created happy memories while crafting with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I wasn’t even 10 years old when I remember pinning reindeer sequins onto balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to make Christmas ornaments (do you still have them, mom?). I remember my daughter making little “pink piggies” from STYROFOAM Brand Foam when she was just a toddler. Crafting has brought a lot of happiness to my life, and I hope yours, too.
When you’re crafting with STYROFOAM Brand Foam, be sure you have the genuine foam. I bet you know the difference already – it’s crisp and clean, easy to cut and shape, and has a texture you can feel. It’s not the “cup”-style foam.
For more about STYROFOAM Brand Foam, take our Foam Trivia quiz.
How do you celebrate Earth Day everyday? Do you recycle? Compost kitchen waste? Shop at second-hand stores? Or?? Please share what you’re doing to help the environment, and I’ll choose one Crafts ‘n Coffee reader to receive a gift pack of assorted shapes of genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam, your choice of a craft kit, and one of our craft aprons, too. Be sure to leave a comment below by Sunday, April 28, and I’ll announce the winner next week.
**Congratulations to Lynda Atwood, Carla and Melissa F.! Please contact me, ladies, about your prizes.**
Happy crafting, and please be sure to recycle.
**This Giveaway is now closed**