A Hawaii foam ban would hurt school districts. Many school districts use foam lunch trays because they can realize significant savings –
a foam tray costs considerably less than a compostable tray.
Foam products help Hawaii’s restaurants stay in business. Hawaii’s mom-and-pop restaurants are a cultural treasure, offering locals and tourists alike an authentic culinary experience. These restaurants 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 Hawaii’s restaurant owners up to tens of thousands of dollars per year.
Foam supports the local economy. Foam is manufactured locally in Hawaii by a family-run business, providing kama’aina with jobs and bolstering the local economy. Choosing a locally produced foam product over an imported alternative shrinks the carbon footprint.
Foam is far more economical than alternative materials. Food-grade polystyrene containers are generally two to three times less expensive than disposable paperboard products and reusable foodservice items. These strong foam containers provide excellent insulation at an economical price and allow Hawaii’s hardworking business owners to save money in a challenging economic climate.