Styrofoam is a generic term for expanded polystyrene foam, which should not be confused with the trademarked Styrofoam™ of Dow Chemical Company that refers to insulating building products. The disposable coffee cups and packaging materials are made from what we typically refer to as styrofoam and the chemicals found in it are benzene and styrene. There’s no evidence that using styrofoam food or beverage containers exposes consumers to benzene, but styrene can leach out of styrofoam cups depending on the temperature of the fluids it holds.
Technicality – Styrofoam is not a generic term; the generic term is expanded polystyrene foam. Styrofoam is the trademark of the Dow Chemical Company as the other answer indicates.
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