Styrofoam is one of those inventions that completely revolutionized man’s life as soon as it was discovered. The material acts as insulators and cushion for electronics and delicate cargo while in transit.
However, this stuff is problematic in their nature. In that they don’t degrade naturally, and should you choose to burn them as a way of disposing of them. You will be releasing a lot of harmful gases into the atmosphere. There is also the huge problem that it is made of petroleum, which is a finite natural resource.
Bye bye Styrofoam, it was nice knowing you
Well, it appears we might soon be parting ways forever with this useful, yet environmentally-unfriendly packaging and insulation product. That is if the prototype developed by researchers at the Washington State University (WSU) lives up to its promises.
The researchers on Thursday claimed they had developed a plant-based alternative to styrofoam. They went ahead to make the bold statement that their product does even better insulation than the styrofoam. The researchers work is available at the journal Carbohydrate Polymers.
The WSU researchers say their invention will save the world from the styrofoam …read more