Tag Archives: Polystyrene

Our tiny house hits the road with a big message on energy efficiency

Last year our Plastics Make it Possible® campaign built a tiny house to demonstrate the role plastic building materials play in increasing energy efficiency. We unveiled the house at the California Science Center in LA, where more than 25,000 visitors saw it firsthand. This year, we decided to take a road trip and took the […]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

On April 22, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed the substance styrene on California’s Proposition 65 list, pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 that requires the state to publish a list of substances known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. […]

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Polystyrene foam: keeping fall’s favorite flavors hot

This month, many of us will once again order our coffees and teas hot instead of the refreshing iced versions we enjoyed during the summer. As we welcome fall and all of its flavors, polystyrene foam foodservice products will help millions of us keep our favorite pumpkin-spiced or salted caramel lattes, cappuccinos and herbal teas […]

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National Coffee Day: Enjoy a ‘cup of Joe’ with a side of polystyrene info

For many Americans, every day is coffee day. But Monday, September 29, is officially “National Coffee Day” in the United States. In honor of our caffeinated friend’s special day, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group would like to share some information on polystyrene foodservice products. Polystyrene foodservice packaging works. Plastic foodservice packaging helps […]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

This post was updated in April 2016. The updated version can be found here.  The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the […]

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New York City reconsiders recycling; kudos to Mayor Bloomberg

An op ed in Tuesday’s New York Times praised Mayor Bloomberg for expanding New York City’s recycling program to include, among other items, rigid plastics, such as toys, yogurt cups and plastic forks and knives. Reversing New York’s decade long drop in recycling rates is a worthy goal that will improve the quality of life […]

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How can chemistry help keep you warm and save you money this winter?

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and for many Americans, the coldest months of winter are still ahead. But don’t crank up the heat just yet! There are other ways to stay warm and keep those seasonal energy costs down. And they have a lot to do with chemistry. Comfortable at home A typical […]

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650 California restaurants urge lawmakers to oppose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

On Tuesday afternoon, 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging lawmakers to oppose Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s proposed bill (SB 568) to ban polystyrene foam containers in the state. Prohibiting the use of polystyrene take-out packaging would deal a serious financial blow to food vendors throughout California, including […]

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California restaurant owner says business will suffer if state bans plastic foam containers

There are many voices in the debate on whether to ban plastic foam containers from California restaurants and take-out counters. Yesterday, Associated Press reporter Sheila Kumar gave small businesses a well-deserved opportunity to speak for themselves on the issue. In Kumar’s article, you’ll hear from concerned restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt, who says Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s […]

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