Hawaii GoFoam
Explore the economic impact of foam in Hawaii.

Foam powers Hawaii – Oahu’s H-POWER
(Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery) converts garbage into electricity for
roughly 50,000 Hawaii households.

A ban on foam would mean a serious impact on Hawaii’s small business owners and organizations that would be forced to trade in their valuable and effective foam products for costly alternatives.

Foam Across Industries


A typical foam tray costs significantly less than a compostable tray – saving some school districts over a million dollars per year in material cost.

Most hospitals use polystyrene foam products to minimize exposure to bacteria and other foodborne pathogens.

The PS foam manufacturing industry is dedicated to keeping costs low, increasing efficiency and excellence, and delivering solutions for economic growth.

Many restaurants and food trucks rely on the convenience, insulation properties, and high level of sanitation afforded by foam food packaging in providing healthy food to their customers.

Small Business
Many restaurants that use foam are considered small businesses. From an economic perspective, foam is often the most cost effective choice for small business owners.

Because of its lightweight structure, polystyrene foam is a preferred protective packaging for use in shipping valuable items.

Latest News

  • March 22, 2017

    Foam Ban Goes Back To The Drawing Board in Hawaii County

    The Hawaii County Council agreed to delay their proposed foam ban yet again. Bill 13, which would prohibit vendors and businesses from dispensing food in

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  • March 1, 2017

    Hawaii Lawmakers Move to Ban the Use of Polystyrene Foam Containers

    Hawaii state lawmakers are looking to advance a ban on the use of polystyrene foam containers from eateries starting in January 2020. Currently the proposed

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  • February 22, 2017

    Misinformation Leads to Potential Ban in Hawaii

    The spread of misinformation about foam has caused a firestorm on the island of Honolulu and has influenced lawmakers in Hawaii to talk about a

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  • January 19, 2017

    Maui County Councilmembers May Advance Measure to Restrict Foam

    At their last meeting, councilmembers from Maui County decided to advance a measure that restricts the use and sale of polystyrene foam containers. The measure

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  • May 25, 2016

    Hawaii County Council Advances Foam Ban Bill

    On May 16, 2016, the Hawaii County Council advanced Bill 140, banning polystyrene takeout containers on the Big Island starting July 1, 2018. The Environmental

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