whyban polystyrene containers ... ?
-styrene is “possibly carcinogenic for humans”(IARC)
-Other researchers/authors claim that styrene is a confirmed carcinogen
-benzene is a known carcinogen,a products are made with petroleum, a non-sustainable, heavily polluting and disappearing commodity.
-high environmental impact
-500 years to breakdown (but into what ...?)
-high energy consumption, greenhouse effect & total environmental effect (second highest after aluminium)
-starvation of birds and marine animals
-low in weight but very high in volume (takes lots of space in landfill)
-low recyclability (but why do we want to recycle hazardous products?)
-Toxic chemicals leach out of these products into the food that they contain. These chemicals threate human health and reproductive systems.
-takes up more space in landfills than does paper and eventually will re-enter the environment when landfills are breached by water or mechanical forces.
USM has banned it for environment, how about other university?how abouut urselves?From TODAY,
SAY NO TO POLYSTRENEhttp://healthycampus.usm.my/ver3/filesup/LesserPlastic@USM-4Jul08-1.pdf
DOWNLOAD THIS DOCUMENT AND SAW WHAT USM HAD DONE: