Environmental Responsibility

Environmental responsibility is one of GoFoam’s core principles.

Foam Facts:

foam paper cup waste comparison_gofoamDid you know that all polystyrene foam material can be recycled? Foam manufacturers are innovating the polystyrene recycling process for cups, food containers and product packaging. Recycled polystyrene foam can be used to make products such as clothes hangers, picture frames, rulers, and architectural moulding.

When it comes to foam, it’s not the product that’s bad, it’s the behaviour – litter in every form mars the beautiful streets and views that Wales is famous for. Rather than banning foam #6 from Wales, we should focus on educating people about proper disposal of used packaging all material types for the sake of beauty and ecology.

“The amount of litter will not change, only its composition.” – Jean-Michel Cousteau, Environmentalist.[ii]

A foam ban in Wales is not an effective way to deal with litter and will not reduce costs associated with litter cleanup; rather, it will increase costs for consumers. A polystyrene ban will force individuals and traders to use alternative products, such as glass, aluminum, and paper, which can also create litter. There is no evidence to show that litter-control costs declined in the cities that have already banned foam products because a foam ban will not stop people from littering. Instead, if foam is banned in Wales, locals can expect to experience price increases at their favourite mobile food units – that is the only impact this legislation will have.


[i] Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Defense Fund Friends of the Earth. Statement of Support for The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Fully Halogenated Chlorofluorocarbon Voluntary Phaseout Program. 12 April 1988.

[ii]JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, EDITORIAL, TARGET LITTERBUGS, NOT PRODUCTS, TO CLEAN UP BEACHES, VENTURA COUNTY STAR (DEC. 18, 2005)