Styrofoam

It's life cycle and use

What is it made of?

It is called extruded polystyrene (EPF).

It's made of plastic and is 98% air.

How is it made?

They drop 3,000 water and oil they change the oil of the liquid. It's invented in 1941

What is it used for?

It's uesd for flotation, building, pipe insulation, florists, craftproducts, roads, under building that's what they used for styrofoam!!!!

What is done with it after it has been used??

EPF does not biodegrade hundreds of years. Lots of littered EPF ends up in the ocean where animals eat it.


When EPF is burned at 1300 degrees Celsius, it isn't harmful to the environment but when burned at a lower temperature, it releases harmful hydrocarbons.

What are some things are trying in order to do things differently with this product?

Currently, EPF is not recycled in the United States because it is too expensive.


Some EFP can be made without harmful hydrocarbons which is better for the environment.


Food companies should make packaging out of other materials such as wood, paper, and fabric.

What can I do to help improve this problem?

We should reuse EPF when possible as well as choose different materials when possible.
Foamular Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation vs Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Insulation.