Styrofoam or polystyrene is pervasive in our society and
is a considerable environmental hazard as it is
not biodegradable. While it is not heavy by its nature, it is space
consuming which is a serious problem for our already
Styrofoam has become such an accepted everyday product, that people
often don't stop to realize that it is made from polystyrene which
is a petroleum-based plastic. In fact, Styrofoam is the trade name
for polystyrene and consists of approximately 98% air and 2% plastic.
It gained popularity because it is light weight and offers good
insulation properties that help to keep products cold or hot and
keeps things safe during the shipping process without adding weight.
Styrofoam used for thermal insulation is
commonly blue and is known as "extruded polystyrene foam." Styrofoam used for craft and household products is commonly white or green
and is known as "expanded polystyrene foam."
Environmental health concerns start with the elements used to make
Styrofoam. Styrene for example is the foundational ingredient used
to make polystyrene. It is broadly used in the making of plastics,
resins and rubber.
The EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have
established styrene as a
possible human carcinogen. For those who are exposed regularly in
the manufacture of products made with Styrene some of the acute
health effects experienced include:
- Irritation of the skin
- Irritation of the eyes
- Irritation of the upper respiratory tract
- Gastrointestinal effects
Intercon Solutions has designed an Expanded Polystyrene
Styrofoam densifying machine using high volume extruder
technology: EPS scrap is densified into hard easy to use ingots
going through crusher, heat bands, and extruder. The process is
safe and clean, with no harmful emissions. We have developed diversified
systems to accommodate the needs of our clients.
Contact us today
to establish "A Partnership in Green".
Still have questions about Styrofoam? Contact Intercon Solutions here.