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01 Nov2019

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Why you should say NO to Styrofoam ?

Author: Hepca

A lot of people assume that Styrofoam must be safe since it's often what our takeaway comes in… wrong! Styrene (a component of polystyrene) is a harmful chemical that can leech into food and drink.

"Styrofoam" is a actually called expanded polystyrene (EPS) which is actually just another type of plastic. Styrofoam is a big part of the plastic problem in our Seas. Being 95% air, its buoyancy allows it to float down waterways, eventually making it to the Sea where it gets broken down into smaller pieces and ingested by marine life, it is also easily carried away by wind and often ends up in places other than the landfilland starts to release methane gases that have over 20 times the ozone destroying potency as CO2.

Unfortunately, rogue Styrofoam ends up littering streets and beaches, harming animals and humans as this single-use Styrofoam cup doesn't just go away after you toss it in the bin because that expanded polystyrene cannot be recycled, despite the fact that many of the containers display the recycling symbol.

 

25 Oct2019

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How Are Humans Consuming Microplastics?

Author: Hepca

One of the many ways humans consume microplastics is through Contaminated Seafood, Plastic pollution is rampant in oceans, seas, and water bodies. Through the natural environment, these plastics get broken down into smaller pieces. Eventually, they become microplastics.

These plastic particles in the marine environment are eaten by plankton, which are then eaten by fish. The plastic particles continue to work their way up the food chain until they reach our dinner plates.

Mussels are reported to be particularly susceptible to microplastic contamination. However, plastics can also be potentially found in almost any other animal that lives in the sea, or any other body of water for that matter.

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