The toxic landfill beast that is Styrofoam…vs EcoFoam.

Via on Sep 19, 2008

I can’t tell you how many companies and PR firms send us their “eco,” “plastic-free,” “recycled” products in huge boxes filled with Styrofoam peanuts. We currently have a mini snowstorm going on in Waylon’s basement, just waiting for the perfect moment when we have to send something fragile and can re-use the peanuts, forcing our toxic Styrofoam disposal problem upon someone else.

Styrofoam seeps into our food and land and makes up 25% of current landfill waste. And it’s really hard to get away from, coming to us as packaging and restaurant to-go containers. Nothing sends me on an eco guilt trip more than seeing my kitchen trash bin filled with Styrofoam. (Which is why I’ve actually started bringing my own to-go containers whenever I visit my favorite Styro-loving restaurants with portions too big to finish in-house. At first, people gave me wierd looks when I passed over a Mason Jar or plastic container for my leftovers. Now they think it’s cute, and I think they’re getting the message.)

And to solve the packaging problem, there’s EcoFoam. Check ‘em out, and please, if you’re planning to ship something to us, think twice before stuffing a tiny resilient product into a huge box filled with toxic waste. 

About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.

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5 Responses to “The toxic landfill beast that is Styrofoam…vs EcoFoam.”

  1. [...] the changing guard, grabbed onto their new lighter gear and rode on. Problem is, the production of styrofoam creates massive amounts of toxic chemical (and possibly cancer-causing) waste, which has since been found to then leach those chemicals back [...]

  2. Martha Walden says:

    Unfortunately, I just found out that paper to-go containers are even worse than styrofoam when you consider the whole process and production and disposal. Supposedly, styrofoam requires half the energy to produce, compared to papaer, and releases 35% fewer toxic chemicals. Is this really true? That is what I found out at this site– http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KWZ/is_10

  3. Aunty says:

    the UPS Store takes styro peanuts and reuses them. I keep some of mine for re-use and give the rest to them.

  4. [...] the changing guard, grabbed onto their new lighter gear and rode on. Problem is, the production of styrofoam creates massive amounts of toxic chemical (and possibly cancer-causing) waste, which has since been found to then leach those chemicals back [...]

  5. [...] Again, take your own mug or cup to the coffee shop or convenience store, rather than using Styrofoam or plastic containers that are the result of toxic processes carried out in toxic plants that spew [...]

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