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the Harmful Effects of Styrofoam

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Leyla Adan

on 23 April 2013

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By Leyla Abdilahi The Harmful Effects of Styrofoam Let's keep the Earth Clean! Polystyrene: plastic is created from erethylene and benzine. Styrofoam is Polystyrene, but Polystyrene can never be Styrofoam. Polystyrene can be used to make other products like building material and light switches. History: In 1839 A German by the name of Eduard Simon Discovered Polystyrene. He was unaware of the significance his discovery would make! Another German by the name of Hermann Staudinger, perfected his research in the early 1900's. In 1953, Staudinger won a Nobel Prize for his contributions and research to chemistry. Polystyrene: petroleum based plastic that is toxic to the environment. Styrene: Main ingredient to make polystrene. Its used to make such things like rubber and plastics. According to the EPA and the International Agency For Research And Cancer styrene may be a possible human carcinogen. NY city receives 20,000 tons of Styrofoam waste every year. Many cities have pushed for a Styrofoam ban. New York is the latest U.S. city to stand up to manufacturers and inform the public of the dangers of Styrofoam in our cities and for our environment. Styrofoam was created in the 1970's by Dow Chemical. In the U.S. alone we produce 3 million tons of Styrofoam every year. Styrofoam is usually referred to as "white pollution" because of the route the product ends up taking. Styrofoam products often end up as marine debris. Microwaving plates and cups made out of Styrofoam can be hazardous to your health. If it gets hot enough, the toxins can end up in your food. After doing this for a while you can get very ill. The FDA Recognizes these dangers, yet still allows these dish substitutes to end up in our reach. By bringing your own containers to coffee shops and restaurants, you can reduce the damages created by Styrofoam. The Harmful Effects Of Styrofoam The Dangers of Styrofoam Plates Since we use Styrofoam products often, we are at most times blinded to the effects it has on our planet and our health! The EPA and the International Agency For Research on Cancer have listed Styrofoam as a possible Carcinogen. People who come across this product on a regular basis experience these symptoms:

Irritation of the skin
Irritation of the eyes
Irritation of the upper respiratory tract
Gastrointestinal effects
These are just the effects on people. Styrofoam is just as bad for our environment. Styrene is a key ingredient in Styrofoam. Chronic exposure to styrene leads to:
Depression
Headaches
Fatigue
Weakness
and Minor Effects on Kidney Function Styrofoam is made from Polystyrene. Polystyrene: Petroleum-based plastic. When creating and disintegrating this product, toxins are released to our environment. Most Styrofoam isn't even recyclable. It ends up in land fills or in the ocean. Every year an estimated 100,000 plus marine animals perish due to constant consumption of Styrofoam that ends up in our oceans . Why do we choose to ignore the problem?
The situation is very fixable with a few changes! When Creating Styrofoam 57 Chemical by-products are released into the environment. This high amount of pollution creates liquid and solid waste that needs to be disposed of properly. Brominated flame retardants are also causing a big concern. Polystyrene is manufactured by HFC's which are strong contributors to global warming. HFC=hydrofluorocarbons. HFC's are less dangerous to the ozone than CFC's, but the results are still horrific to our atmosphere.
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