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#4-Avoid Styrofoam at all cost December 24, 2007

Filed under: no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 4:15 am
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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

Some Tips:

  • 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.

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3 Responses to “#4-Avoid Styrofoam at all cost”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Hi Michelle:

    Sorry not to get back to you sooner–abroad for the holidays. Love the blog and will check back regularly for your tips! Think you did a great job summing up the styrofoam issue and I look forward to learning what else I can do to avoid plastic in 2008.

  2. music Says:

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

  3. Rishi Shinde Says:

    Thanks ! I apologize, since I am not one to solicitize like this, but there are much better alternatives to styrofoam now (for e.g. my company carries products made of sugarcane fibers). A little bit more expensive, but well worth the price.

    I would encourage you to look for these alternatives in your local market.


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