Styrofoam is a petroleum-based plastic foam (polystyrene) that has gained a lot of negative attention recently. Many cities throughout the U.S. have banned its use, including New York City and Washington D.C.
Styrofoam is typically used for coffee cups, food containers, some egg cartons, craft materials, packing materials, insulation, etc. and Americans dispose of a whopping 2.3 million tons of these products each year! Even more problematic is that styrofoam does not break down easily, it takes at least 500 years for it to start to biodegrade! If that weren't enough, styrofoam manufacturing is rated as one of the largest sources of hazardous wastes.
Read more about the harmful effects of styrofoam in this excellent infographic provided by Wheels for Wishes:
Infographic provided by Wheels for Wishes
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