There’s no such things as a Styrofoam cup!

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.)

Crafting with STYROFOAM Brand Foam is a family tradition. Here's a Christmas ad from 1976.

A 1976 ad for Christmas crafting with STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

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.

There's NO such thing as a "Styrofoam cup"; STYROFOAM is a trademark of Dow.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:

Blue STYROFOAM Brand Insulation saves $10 billion in energy costs annually.

Blue STYROFOAM Brand Insulation makes it cozy and saves energy.

  • 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.

STYROFOAM Brand Foam is a tradition - check out these craft books from 1960!

Vintage love: Craft books from 1960. STYROFOAM Brand Foam is a tradition!

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.**

Giveaway on

You can win the kit of your choice, a collection of genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and a craft apron.

Happy crafting, and please be sure to recycle.

P.S. If you’d like to celebrate Earth Day with a recycling craft, then repurpose your jeans and make a Denim Pencil Cube and Memo Board. Or, make T-Shirt Wall Art from your old, favorite shirts.

**This Giveaway is now closed**


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29 Responses to There’s no such things as a Styrofoam cup!

  1. I’m still in time to participate in this contest ….
    At home, we try to throw little waste, reuse almost all plastic and glass containers.
    Deconstruct old furniture to build new furniture. We do the same with clothing.
    We repair, modify, improve to avoid buying. We reuse!
    (Sorry for my english…)

  2. Melissa F. says:

    We pass on gently used baby items to families who can use them, and have families that do the same for us. We also buy furniture from used/antique stores whenever possible (so nice to have sturdy, REAL wood besides the recycling aspect), and compost for our garden.

  3. Jane says:

    I love the “retro” styrofoam” projects, Sharon!! Remember them well, crafting with my Mom. I recall making these sweet styrofoam cone Christmas trees using netting/tulle and decorating with miniture balls.
    We recycle at our house and I definitely shop at used clothing stores and secondhand shops, newspapers, glass and plastic go out on recycling pick-up days.


  4. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    I love to upcycle. I can’t throw anything away (my husband hates that!) because I might be able to make something really cool with it. My favorite thing is to keep holiday cards every year and then cut out the designs on them to use for scrapbooking or on picture frames.

    • Sharon says:

      I remember my grandmother making small boxes and such from Christmas cards. They’re too pretty to toss! Sharon

    • PATRICIA says:

      you go girl. i learned to recylce from the age of 4. and i still at it full force. Ill look at something and see something else out of it. and oh yeah my husband hates it that i recycle. but just think of all the things that dont end up in the land fill or burning barrel have a great day

  5. Denise Royal says:

    I celebrate all year long by recycling, conserving water, etc. We do alot of various things.

  6. Nancy D says:

    Seeing those old craft projects is like meeting up with a old childhood friend! I love that Christmas scene. I’m filing it away for project ideas for this year. The little carolers are too cute!

  7. Debbie Kaste says:

    (oops! I pushed the send button before I was finished with my comment. Sorry ’bout Anyways, I find great deals at the rummage sales. Always looking for things to paint or repair and turn into something useful for our home.

  8. Debbie Kaste says:

    We recycle every day. I also enjoy donating clothing to a nearby church. They hold an annual rummage sale and I find great

  9. Martha Castle says:

    I don’t know since your father decorates the tree. They made be somewhere on the tree or in the big box wrapped up.

  10. PATRICIA says:

    I worked with styro products and no cups are not styrofoam the are made of EPS ESTRUDED POLY STYRENE. and balls are made from billits cut down to size in a ball machine and the is styrofoam. Mr Hornline made the machine for a company called Tufflite Plastics in Ballston Spa, new york. till they closed in 1998. and styrofoam should be use with caustion when using a hot wire. ventilation is up most important. and safely used at best. SAFETY IS THE RULE OF THUMB

  11. Heather Franco says:

    How interesting and informative!!! Thank you for sharing this information!!!

  12. Karen OConnell says:

    Never realized so many things could be made with styrofoam!!! Great post!!!

  13. Katiria says:

    WOW Sharon I had no idea! That’s kind of like all Jacuzzis are hot tubs but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis. I wonder how the cups and coolers ever got mistaken for STYROFOAM products when they feel and look so different.
    About recycling, I recycle all the time, not only do I separate glass, plastic and paper but I also take my food waste and use it as compost for my “wannabe” garden.
    Happy Earth Day everyone!

  14. Lynda Atwood says:

    Love this! Yes, I make every day earth day. We recycle everything! Plastic, paper, aluminium, glass, we “free cycle” our no longer wanted, but still good items, compost, you name it. 🙂

  15. Carla says:

    I always shop at Thrift stores and resale clothes stores, and try to reuse production (furniture etc.) to help out the environment!

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