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5 reasons styrofoam is more environment-friendly than perceived

It\\\'s not all that evil
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Styrofoam is one of the most common materials used in packaging. But many entrepreneurs avoid it because of the perceived environmental implications of its use. After all, styrofoam or polystyrene is not biodegradable.

The Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines says, however, that styrofoam is not evil. Here\\\'s proof of that claim.

1. It does not harm trees. Polystyrene or styrofoam is made from a petroleum by-product. No trees are cut and no mining sites are dug up for the production of polystyrene.

2. It is convenient to use. Polystyrene is light yet rigid, economical but durable, and sanitary. Unlike other packaging materials like, one does not have to use a lot of polystyrene.

3. It produces less waste. In stores, you can see polystyrene used as meat and poultry trays, egg cartons and a variety of produce packages. Styrofoam keeps food items in hygienic state while in storage. Without it, tons of food will go to the city’s garbage dumps due to spoilage and contamination.

4. It provides protection. Newly-purchased electronics and appliances are cushioned by polystyrene for protection during transport. Styrofoam-made products are also widely used in hospitals where they are used as protective pacakging for pill bottles, and various devices and supplies used in the practice of medicine. Less damage on products means there is no need to overproduce.

5. It is easy to recycle. Polystyrene may be recycled and re-used creatively. Recycled polystyrene by-products include foamed fastfood trays, beverage containers, cosmetic cases, household containers and school supplies like ballpens.  One can also re-use polystyrene as storage containers for arts and crafts, or as guide or support for garden plots.

Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines
(+632) 522-0860
www.ppcp.org.ph

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