Expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, seems to never decompose. Once it’s thrown away, it stays in the environment forever. When it crumbles into little pieces, Styrofoam looks like food to animals, who eat it. It causes major problems in the animals’ digestive systems and can lead to starvation.
Styrofoam is made of harmful substances that are linked to multiple types of cancer as well as Parkinson’s disease. It contaminates our food and is dangerous to even make contact with.
Benzene and styrene (the “ingredients” of Styrofoam) are known to cause air pollution during manufacturing. This air pollution is worse than scientists previously thought. It depletes the ozone layer, just like CFCs that were a huge issue in the 90s.
This week, don’t use any polystyrene in any form (dishes, takeout containers, cups, etc.).
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Reusable cups and water bottles are a great alternative to Styrofoam cups, and are ultimately cheaper because they’re used more than once.
Recyclable anything is better than Styrofoam because, although it can be recycled, most recycling companies won’t accept it.
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