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There’s No Such thing as a STYROFOAM™ Cup

STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is a registered trademark of The Dow Chemical Company and has been a valued asset for more than 60 years.

The STYROFOAM™ Brand name is often misused as a generic term for disposable foam products such as coffee cups, coolers and packaging materials. These materials, however, are made from expanded polystyrene (also known as EPS) and do not have the insulation value, compressive strength or moisture-resistant properties of STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene Foam Insulation.

There isn’t a coffee cup, cooler or packaging material in the world made from actual STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene Foam Insulation. STYROFOAM™ is a registered trademark of The Dow Chemical Company that represents its branded building material products, including rigid foam and structural insulated sheathing, and more.

Harms from Styrofoam

Styrofoam DensifierStyrofoam is non-biodegradable. According to Washington University, Styrofoam takes 500 years to decompose. With enough Styrofoam cups produced each day to circle the earth if lined up end to end, the potential for major ecological impact is great.

The Earth Resource Foundation reports that Styrofoam manufacturers were the fifth largest producer of toxic waste in 1986. Continue reading

Styrofoam is filling up landfill

Styrofoam is filling up landfillStyrofoam has the potential to affect the entire ecological system of this planet. Used in product packages and the shipping industry, the world produces tons of Styrofoam each year which is now a major environmental problem. Landfills are filling up at a record rate and Styrofoam is one reason and Styrofoam is non-biodegradable adds to the ecological impact. Continue reading

Substitution of Styrofoam Cups

Substitution of Styrofoam Cups | Styrofoam Densifiers for Styrofoam RecyclingThe primary problem with Styrofoam cups is that they do not biodegrade quickly and take up space in landfills. Styrofoam takes a long time to break down in the environment and can accumulate as harmful waste in landfills. Some coffee houses are now selling their coffee and hot beverages in biodegradable cups rather than in Styrofoam. The biodegradable cup does not use a paper jacket like most traditional hot beverage containers, but instead is designed with corrugated cardboard on the interior of the cup to keep the heat inside. Continue reading

Styrofoam Monster – a human carcinogen

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer and is marketed under the trade name Styrofoam. We live under the assumption that the common products we use day-to-day are safe. However, serious questions remain about the health effects of many of these products. Through investigation and human and animal studies, sometimes these widely used products are found to cause serious health problems. Continue reading

Taiwan Advocates Styrofoam Recycling

By : Taiwan Headlines

Styrofoam is considered too bulky to be collected by local recyclers, and its recycling ratio is quite low, leaving it most often thrown out with the rest of the trash. But it can actually be made into a raw material to produce plastic items at a cost somewhat 40 per cent cheaper than relying on entirely new materials. Continue reading

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