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
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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
Trashed Styrofoam does not degrade easily, as it is made from non-renewable petroleum products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 2 million of the 3 million tons of Styrofoam products produced in the United States sit in landfills. Due to the vast amount of Styrofoam filling the landfills, researchers are motivated to explore better disposal solutions for Styrofoam. Continue reading
According to the National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research, burning landfills containing Styrofoam release 57 dangerous chemical byproducts into the air.
Sunlight creates harmful air pollutants from Styrofoam that are known as tropospheric ozone. The solar heating of the chlorofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons in Styrofoam also cause air pollution, contaminate landfills, and deplete the ozone layer. Continue reading
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Styrofoam, plastic foam and other polystyrenes are designated as plastic No. 6, but many recycling programs that accept plastic No. 6 specifically exclude Styrofoam. EPS foams contain a lot of air, which is why they are good insulators. However, the extra air makes them hard to ship. Once the Styrofoam has been melted down and the air removed, little plastic is recovered compared to other polystyrenes such as those used in DVD cases. The resources required to ship and process the EPS offsets the environmental benefits of recycling to a greater degree than denser plastics. Continue reading
The crafting purposes of Styrofoam balls are largely varied. Styrofoam balls are spherical forms of polystyrene foam that come in sizes from one inch (2.54 cm) to eight inches (20.3 cm) in diameter. They are sturdy and can be cut to fit a project or can be used in conjunction with other Styrofoam shapes, such as blocks, cones, or rings to accomplish a variety of dimensional projects.
In the generic use of the term, Styrofoam has gotten a bad rap for its undesirable environmental impact as a non-biodegradable product. However, the Syrofoam balls are made from recycled extruded polystyrene. Examples of craft ideas for which Styrofoam balls are commonly used include science fair planetariums and other projects, Christmas tree ornaments and other holiday decorations, and artificial floral arrangements. There are, however, a plethora of other projects that could be created using Styrofoam balls and other shapes.