How many times have you had wine, spirits or beer from a styrofoam cup? Wuhloss!
Bart Sims of the Future Centre Trust posted a must-read article at Business Barbados. Read The Dangers of Polystyrene and you will be convinced that we must act as a society to ban this dangerous product.
Polystyrene’s impact on our environment and landfills should be enough reason for small island countries to issue an out and out ban. If that’s not enough, the scientific evidence about how the chemicals in the foam leach into our food should convince us.
Of course, in Barbados we don’t have an Environmental Protection Act because successive DLP and BLP governments never viewed laws or the environment as a priority.
So… we have to act for ourselves as citizens while our political elites stuff their faces at the Hilton every lunchtime.
Well worth your time to head on over to Business Barbados and read Bart Sims’ excellent article. Here are some excerpts…
“Many people are not aware of the harmful effects of Polystyrene, (including myself until very recently). This article aims to highlight some of the dangers, both to our health and to the environment…
… If the first settlers in Barbados in 1625 had been able to eat from polystyrene and the containers had been put into a landfill, the same containers would still be around today, (luckily they couldn’t – it was only invented in 1839).
…Polystyrene contains the toxic substances Styrene and Benzene, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins that are hazardous to humans. Hot foods and liquids actually start a partial breakdown of the Styrofoam, causing some toxins to be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissue.
Polystyrene food containers leach the toxin Styrene when they come into contact with warm food or drink, alcohol, oils and acidic foods causing human contamination and pose a health risk to people. Avoid…”
The above excerpts are from Bart Sims’ article The Dangers of Polystyrene