EPS Food Container Alternative List

EPS is “expanded polystyrene,” commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam™.  There are environmental concerns with EPS, including difficulty in recycling, source of man-made marine debris, and greenhouse gas emissions from the embedded energy of the manufacturing process. Additionally, EPS food containers are not fully recyclable in a single-stream process because they break up in transport when they are crushed and compacted with other recyclables. Because of this, most EPS food service ware is difficult to capture or recycle.

There are a lot of more eco-friendly alternatives to EPS. Review the list below and please contact us at zero.waste@solanacenter.org with any questions.