About 5 years ago our contractor complained about the coffee I had been bringing him each morning–he claimed it tasted like styrofoam. I felt he was lucky enough to be getting a cup of coffee and chose to ignore the complaint. Shortly after that conversation i attended a lecture given by a woman who runs an environmental education program. I learned some disturbing facts about styrofoam (polystyrene):
- It breaks down when hot liquids come in contact with it
- It has very dangerous chemicals in it
It never, ever decomposes
- Very dangerous toxins released during manufacturing process
- It takes up so much more space than paper in a landfill
- Choose real china or paper goods
- Request that local take-out places use alternative choices (Dunkin donuts had a enough requests, at least their small coffees are in cardboard now)
- Are you really going to eat those left-overs? Order a half-portion or share with a friend.
- Attempt to recycle those packaging peanuts
- Send a letter to a company that still ships peanuts (there are so many alternatives for them to use)
Check out the following site for some other great tips on living styrofoam-free.