Banning foam would have a direct economic impact on Wales’s mobile food unit operators and the patrons who rely on them for food. Polystyrene foam provides traders with an affordable and effective food storage solution, and the alternatives cost more and offer an inferior experience for customers.
Because foam can be recycled, it offers economic opportunities to Welsh residents. Recycled polystyrene material can be used to make things such as garden nursery flats, picture frames, rulers, architectural moulding, and surfboards. Polystyrene manufacturers innovate the polystyrene recycling process for both food containers and product packaging. Foam products help Welsh traders stay in business. Wales’s family owned restaurants are a cultural treasure, offering locals and tourists alike an authentic culinary experience. These traders operate on razor-thin profit margins and foam products offer them an affordable and effective food storage solution. A polystyrene foam ban could cost some of Wales’s traders up to tens of thousands of pounds per year.
Foam is far more economical than alternative materials. Food-grade polystyrene containers are generally two to three times less expensive than alternative items. These strong foam containers provide excellent insulation at an economical price and allow hardworking Welsh business owners to save money in a challenging economic climate.