Helpful Styrofoam Facts
EPA: Each year American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill. EPA Last updated on October 7, 2011
Clean Air Council: The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year.
Ecoprenuerist Styrofoam – Alarming Statistics: Did you know that over 25,000,000 styrofoam cups go into landfills every year? Styrofoam makes up 25% of our landfill space and is not recyclable, so any cup you use today will still be around 500 years from now. Incinerating styrofoam is not an acceptable alternative to burying the impervious material, as it gives off over 90 different hazardous chemicals, including styrene vapors and dioxin.
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Emagazine :The Throwaway Generation: 25 Billion Styrofoam Cups a Year: November 1, 2005 According to the coffee cup waste calculator at Dzignism.com— an independent project of graphic designer and environmentally concerned coffee consumer Kieran Lynn—when you purchase one cup of coffee in a disposable container every day you are contributing about 22.75 pounds of waste per year.
Formaldehyde, Styrene Added To U.S. Health Department’s Carcinogens List
Formaldehyde, a preservative used in labs and mortuaries, and styrene, the chemical used to make styrofoam cups and food containers, were among six chemicals that were added today to the U.S. health department’s list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or could raise the risk of cancer.
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