Starting in May, you can enjoy your cup of coffee from an official St. Edward coffee mug. In an effort to be good stewards of the environment, we will no longer be using Styrofoam cups at Donut Sundays. Why the change? Styrofoam is bad for the planet and bad for your health.
Did you know…?
- Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and appears to last forever. It also floats and large amounts of have accumulated along coastlines and waterways around the world. It is considered a main component of marine debris.
- There are also many health risks associated with the manufacture of Styrofoam. The National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research has found 57 chemical byproducts released during the creation of Styrofoam. This not only pollutes the air, but also results in liquid and solid toxic waste that requires proper disposal. Research suggests that these chemicals may have negative environmental and health effects.
- Styrofoam is made from petroleum, which is a non-sustainable resource, the production of which creates heavy pollution and accelerates climate change.