Tip of the Week – Beware of Styrofoam

Styrofoam ContainersTry to avoid polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) for cups, plates, carry-out containers, meat trays, egg cartons and anything else that might touch your food. Not only is the material bad for the environment, but what you might not know is that it is also bad for you.

Polystyrene require petroleum to make, take eons to break down in a landfill, and can leach toxic chemicals into your food, specially when heated.

Polystyrene is marked with the plastic recycling code 6, however only some curbside pick-ups actually take it.

Choose a better food container for your health & the planet’s…like ceramic, recycled glass, paper or even safer plastics like numbers 1, 2 or 5.

2 Comments on “Tip of the Week – Beware of Styrofoam”

  • Christopher Jennings July 30th, 2010 10:37 pm

    We often used Styrofoam as a food container during school activities. And only by this time I was aware of the disadvantage of using the thing. Thanks for this blog. May it spread to everyone concerned.

  • Steve August 5th, 2010 1:55 pm

    I agree that Styrofoam should be avoided whenever possible for all the reasons you give. While recyclable products are probably best it is a reality that disposable dishware is here to stay. Given that, the best alternative is to use biodegradable products. Biodegradable dishware is produced with organic materials such as plant (corn, starch, reed, sugarcane, potatoes) and animal matter. There is a great website, http://www.betterwhenbio.com, that discusses the benefits of biodegradable products.

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