Of all the materials made for food and packaging, I feel like Styrofoam is the most evil in the bunch. Do you agree?
Here’s an excerpt:
Coffee and doughnuts after church, anyone?
Unfortunately, since most churches probably use Styrofoam cups for their weekly fellowship, they help contribute to the 25 billion Styrofoam cups trashed every year in America alone.
Styrofoam is technically plastic number 6, polystyrene. It can be accepted for recycling, but most municipalities specifically state on their recycling lists that they do not accept Styrofoam (and many don’t recycle any sort of no. 6 anyway). Currently only about 10-12% of polystyrene created is being recycled. Abysmal, if you ask me.
Although no. 6 plastic is never on the “safe plastics” lists that I’ve seen, polystyrene does NOT contain BPA. Some sources say it’s perfectly safe for food, but it does leach styrene, which the CDC rates as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Heat is one of the factors that exacerbates chemicals leaching out of the material and into the food, so the fact the Styrofoam is the disposable of choice for hot beverages and soups is a huge factor.
Polystyrene is manufactured from petroleum, an obvious non-renewable resource, and a carcinogen called benzene is used in production.
With all these strikes against it, I almost don’t care whether plastic recycling for number 6 is available or sustainable – it stands to reason that toxins are released in its creation, likely in the recycling process, and definitely in the usage and disposal of Styrofoam containers.
The best strategy against Styrofoam is a good defense: Don’t let it in.
Read TEN ideas for defense HERE…
One company that I can trust not to ship with Styrofoam is Mighty Nest, a longtime KS sponsor. A huge thank you to them for thinking sustainably (and selling safe, natural products for a healthy home).
Things I have gotten there: chlorine filter for bathtub and shower, cast iron griddle, stainless steel water bottles (huge fan of the ThinkSport, not so much on the little one for Leah with the rounded lid), toddler/baby sippy cups (my review), small Xtrema ceramic pan, Lunchbot container, bamboo cutting boards, glass dishes (by the way, the giveaway for the cool Duralex glass storage dishes is still going through Monday night!)…yeah…I’m always finding something else I want! Save 10% off your order with the code STEWARDSHIP10!