Guide to my Styrofoam and Polystyrene Containers are Poisoning Your Food Series

Please stop eating and reheating food in Styrofoam/polystyrene containers immediately. Here is a Quick Guide to my Styrofoam and Polystyrene Containers are Poisoning Your Food.

Hand holding a Styrofoam/ploystyrene cup with steam coming out of it.
Photo by Caleb Lucas on Unsplash


Part 1: Introduction to the series. Defines the difference between Styrofoam and polystyrene, including Expanded Polystyrene (EPS); how polystyrene is made and the chemical additives in it; and its harmfulness to the environment.

Part 2: How chemicals leach from polystyrene take-out containers into food and how this is harmful to human health. In fact, styrene is a known carcinogen. Other chemicals in the food are neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and cause a list of other ailments. There are also multiple untested chemicals in it. Last, it covers other types of polystyrene exposure as well as how workers are exposed to these chemicals during the manufacturing of polystyrene.

Part 3: This article covers why polystyrene, especially take-out containers made from it, are not recyclable. It is cheaper to produce new polystyrene than it is to clean dirty and greasy containers. The environmental impact of polystyrene take-out containers is huge because of the overwhelming volumes we create in the U.S., just for food.

Part 4: This article covers alternatives to polystyrene food containers and possible large-scale changes to our waste management systems.

Part 5: This article explores the role of the food and restaurant industries and the role of manufacturers. Last, I cover bans on polystyrene in different states and offer ideas for solutions.


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Soup in Styrofoam bowl
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