Syrofoam Case Study

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What is Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is a brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam currently created for thermal insulation and craft applications. Dow Chemical Company retained and produced the Styrofoam.
Through petroleum product known as styrene, Styrofoam was created. The styrene is amended into a clear molten mass of polystyrene through a complex chemical process known as polymerization. It would become a hard plastic if it were left to cool. Disposable eating utensils are created from this type of polystyrene. HCFC (Hydrochloroflourocarbon) ,an agent which generates polystyrene to expand is dissolved into the polystyrene under massive pressure before the polystyrene is cooled. It is extruded or forced through a narrow slot and then allowed
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Styrofoam is a part of our daily lives. It is used in making disposable cutlery like cups, plates, packing materials, home insulations and others. It is used in concrete forms. It is an excellent insulator because it has air packets. It is used in roots and slabs to prevent any external damages. It is because of its durability and lightness. It is used as a container that is usually used as a food container. They also last for a lifetime. Hence, it is always sensible to reuses these containers instead of buying new ones. It is an extremely affordable and budget friendly material which can be easily disposed of after one use reusing the containers are always recommended because this way, it can protect the well being of our biosphere. Another great advantage of using Styrofoam is that it can absorb shock to a great extent. This material is also moisture and would proof and it is used to insulate homes and building as well since it is not an expensive item. Many homeowners use it to keep the desirable temperature indoors while the unwanted temperature stays out. This material is highly advantageous since it prevents the transfer of heat and
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Acute health effects are generally irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal effects. Chronic exposure affects the central nervous system showing symptoms such as depression, headache, fatigue, and weakness, and can cause minor effects on kidney function and blood. Toxic chemicals leach out of these products into the food that they contain. It can cause human health and reproductive systems because of these chemicals contained by Styrofoam. These products are made form a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource called petroleum.


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