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The Effects of Polystyrene

Why is it bad for the environment?

  • Non- biodegradable: Once discarded into the environment it does not biodegrade for hundreds of years.
  • It produces huge litter problems.
  • Polystyrene debits are hazardous to marine life and the toxic chemicals that are ingested by marine life and therefore re-appear in the food chain.
  • The production of polystyrene contributes largely to the depletion of ozone layer and has “global warming potentials of approximately 1000 – 1300 that of carbon dioxide”.
  • Polystyrene is the 5th largest creator of hazardous waste.

Why is it bad for our health?

  • The chemicals in polystyrene can threaten human health, reproductive systems, are classified as a cancer suspect agents and can lead to hormonal disturbances.