We have been asked why we don’t sell the Foam (EPS) cups?
We don’t sell foam cups (EPS – expanded polystyrene or extruded polystyrene foam) for a couple of reasons. These EPS cups are very bulky, on a standard pallet we can fit a few thousand foam cups compared with 72,000 Paper Cups!
The product does not stack/nestle inside each other very well and the box they are contained in is mostly full of fresh air!
It costs the same amount of money and uses up the same amount of resources to move a box containing fresh air as it does one containing paper cups.
Ever increasing transport costs will soon spell the end of these products, not least when you consider the health and environmental impact these products have.
Foam cups do not biodegrade and are difficult to recycle. Left outside recycling channels they degrade into smaller and smaller pieces over time, like rocks turning into sand, and find their way into the food chain, where they begin to poison animals that eat it in error. There exists no bacterium currently capable of metabolising Styrofoam.
The migration of styrene from a polystyrene cup into the beverage it contains has been observed to be as high as 0.025% for a single use. That may seem like a rather low number, until you work it this way: If you drink beverages from polystyrene cups four times a day for three years, you may have consumed about one foam cup’s worth of styrene along with your beverage.