The Truth About Styrofoam

You know that awful squeaking sound that styrofoam makes when it touches just about anything? That’s a warning sound for us all.

During the holiday season, several items you purchase may be packaged in styrofoam. While you certainly can’t control exactly what packaging a company decides to use, you can make your voice heard by creating a petition to ban usage of styrofoam or sign a current petition.

Why might you want styrofoam banned in your state or country? It can take up to 500 years to decompose. Less than one percent is recycled. There’s a human health impact because styrofoam contains a known carcinogen, benzene. Furthermore, there are so many alternatives to the plastic foam that we can do without it. Read more about the impacts of styrofoam in this infographic from Wheels for Wishes. 

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Originally posted 2015-12-19 06:56:01.

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