Applications, Pros, And Cons Of San Diego Styrofoam
The widespread usage of San Diego Styrofoam products is no new thing to the average consumer and even more so to the companies that produce items such as disposable cups, plates. It is so popular that it cuts across so many divides from the manufacturing companies to the companies who use them in packaging and to the final consumer of the packaged products and the Styrofoam itself. Also, the divide cuts through its consumers and environmentalists.
San Diego Styrofoam, which was originally intended to serve as an electrical insulator due to its chemical composition and flexibility, had found itself being channeled into other means of usage. The most notable items being the cups and plates, takeaway containers and packaging of goods. Styrofoam also finds application in construction whereby materials need insulating and as an aid for floating.
Applications of San Diego Styrofoam
Other applications in which Styrofoam has been used include:
Appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, microwave, air conditioners, etc. They are used in appliances because they last longer and are cost effective.
Vehicle parts such as door and instrument panels and for dampening sound.
Industrial cold storage, freezers due to its water-resistant property.
The packaging of consumer products for protection and damage control purposes when delivering or shipping the items.
Useful in electrical gadgets such as computers and televisions
Used in the medical field in making Petri dishes, culture trays and more due to the capability of the Styrofoam to be made transparent.
Styrofoam though having its numerous advantages also has its drawbacks, which have raised questions over its continuous manufacturing and usage. Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Styrofoam for short or extended periods.
Advantages of Styrofoam
Consumers (companies and end users) have found it extremely useful due to the following reasons.
Cost of production and purchase of Styrofoam is low.
It is very useful.
Its disposable items help maintain good hygiene and sanitary of the environment.
It is used extensively for packaging due to its high resistance to moisture.
It is a very good insulator
It can be molded or cut into any shape of desire.
It can be easily gotten in shops.
Its flexibility allows for the possibility to be made transparent and colored
Disadvantages of Styrofoam
Styrofoam contains benzene and styrene both of which are not safe to humans. Since benzene is regarded as a carcinogenic substance, the use of Styrofoam containers can put traces in food either by putting it in the microwave to heat or by having hot food places inside.
Also, the other constituent, styrene, is a possible carcinogen too. Researchers carried out show that irritation of the respiratory tract, skin, and eyes are possible symptoms of being exposed to styrene.
Other disadvantages of using Styrofoam include the following:
Styrofoam is obtained from the processing of non-renewable crude oil.
Processes involved in the manufacturing of Styrofoam produces greenhouse gases.
It is not easy to decompose. This means it is not easily biodegradable.
It is not eco-friendly
Cost of recycling is very expensive
It is a flammable product and when undergoing combustion, produces toxic, combustion fumes.
It is soft and can be broken quite easily.
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