What is Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is a “light, resilient polystyrene plastic”. In 1950, Dow Chemical Co. trademarked the name.~dictionary.com
You’ve never had coffee from a Styrofoam cup!
That’s what Dow Chemical Co. says. Starting in 1942 Styrofoam has been used by the Coast Guard then the U.S. Navy as insulation which is it’s current use. “there isn’t a coffee cup, cooler or packaging material in the world made from STYROFOAM. These common disposable items are typically white in color and are made of expanded polystyrene beads.” ~building.dow.com So that’s what we’ve been using, polystyrene. They’ve asked that we call these products “foam” instead.
“Foam” is bad for the environment.
Firstly, foam is non biodegradable, which means it never goes away and it can’t be recycled. Secondly, it has negative health effects for humans that eat from it and animals that eat it.
“Foam” is everywhere.
Not only is it used for containing for food and drinks, but also in packaging products. You’ve seen it in the form of packing peanuts. The pic above is the work of Chris Jordan which illustrates the number of overnight packages (166,000) sent in the U.S every hour.
There is now “green foam”.
This spring Federated stores changed there packing foam to ” loosefill in-the-box packing material that is 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and recyclable” for their online sales on macys.com, bloomingdales.com and Bloomingdale’s By Mail. ~environmentalleader.com
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