What is floral Styrofoam made of?

Floral Styrofoam is a type of foam used in the floral industry to help secure flowers and other materials in arrangements. It is made from a combination of synthetic, non-recyclable plastic, carbon black, formaldehyde, and phenolic foam. All of these materials are toxic and have the potential to cause harm to the environment if not disposed of properly.

The foam is created by combining these materials in a process known as extrusion. This process involves heating the mixture and forcing it through a die to create the foam. The foam is then cut into blocks or shapes and used in floral arrangements.

Though the foam is lightweight and easy to use, it is not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill. It also does not dissolve in water, making it difficult to dispose of properly. Additionally, the formaldehyde and phenolic foam used to create the foam can be toxic to humans and animals if inhaled or ingested.

For these reasons, it is important to use floral Styrofoam responsibly and dispose of it properly. If possible, it is best to avoid using floral Styrofoam altogether and opt for more eco-friendly alternatives such as paper, wood, or bamboo. If you must use floral Styrofoam, make sure to dispose of it in a responsible manner.