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35%
less energy to produce a foam cup compared to a paper cup
Excellent insulator to reduce energy consumption
LIFE-ENHANCING PRODUCTS

Energy Conservation

When expanded with a blowing agent, polystyrene foam (EPS) is often the most sustainable choice for its intended application. For example, because a foam cup is 95% air by volume, the production process requires 35% less energy and 40% less water and emits 40% less CO2 than similar products like paper cups.1

Energy Usage (million BTU)
Target
10
8
6
4
2
0

5.4

 

8.3

 
EPS cup Paper cup
Water Usage (gallons)
Target
10000
8000
6000
4000
2000
0

4,800

 

8,100

 
EPS cup Paper cup
GHG Emissions (lbs CO2 equivalent)
Target
1400
1200
1000
800
600
400
200
0

723

 

1,215

 
EPS cup Paper cup

Polystyrene foam also makes an excellent insulator and is widely used in construction as a sub-layer in building veneers, as well as in geo-forms for foundations and in the building of roadways and bridges. These same insulating properties can be found in portable applications, from commercial refrigerated trucks to personal coolers.