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the Harmful Effects of Styrofoam
Transcript of the Harmful Effects of Styrofoam
Irritation of the skin
Irritation of the eyes
Irritation of the upper respiratory tract
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:
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.