Environmental Responsibility

Ensuring that foam products are environmentally responsible is one of our core values.

Foam manufacturers like Dart Container Corporation are hard at work developing new materials and technologies with an eye on environmental stewardship.

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Solutions for Marine Litter in Hawaii

Multiple scientific studies have concluded that plastic litter in the ocean is a result of poor or insufficient waste management and lack of recycling and recovery facilities. The composition of this litter isn’t the issue, the behavior is. Bottom line – all litter is bad, and no trash should end up in the ocean.

Litter in every form mars the beautiful views and beaches that Hawaii is famous for. Rather than banning polystyrene foam from Hawaii, we should instead focus on educating people about proper disposal for the sake of beauty and ecology.

America’s plastics makers, including Dart Container Corporation, contribute to solutions on marine litter. Currently there are nearly 260 projects focused on researching, preventing, or reducing marine debris underway around the world.

A collection of 64 plastics associations in 34 countries have signed the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter. Some of these signatories have partnered with communities in Honolulu on a comprehensive study of the city’s litter and solid waste/storm water management to identify strategies for preventing litter from reaching the ocean.

By raising awareness of the issue and highlighting steps people need to address it, industry leaders can help change the behavior that leads to marine litter.


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