The Earth Can't Survive Styrofoam & Amazon Doesn't Need It.

The Earth Can't Survive Styrofoam & Amazon Doesn't Need It.

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There are some materials that the Earth can simply not thrive while they are still being produced, and styrofoam is one of them. Styrofoam makes up 30% of the space in landfills*, and it is not recyclable. The production of styrofoam emits large amounts of ozone and a dangerous chemical called styrene into the atmosphere. The only solution to this problem is to find other materials to use in place of styrofoam.

It is common for companies based on shipping physical products (such as Amazon) to use styrofoam packing peanuts in order to cheaply fill their packages with a protective buffer. This protective can be made up of many other materials, the most environmentally and economically feasible of which is recycled paper. Shredded paper cannot be recycled in a regular Material Recovery Facility, but it is perfect for use as a protective buffer in packaging. It may seem like a daunting task to recover shredded paper, but since the material is recycled, such expenses will not exceed the environmental and financial cost of loading up packages with one-time-use, styrofoam packing peanuts.

As a major influencer of the online-shopping market, and as a large American corporation, Amazon has both the opportunity and the responsibility to make this game-changing sustainable switch away from styrofoam use. 

*Little, Mark. "Facts about Styrofoam." Live Strong, 2013, www.livestrong.com/

    article/159954-facts-about-landfill-styrofoam/. Accessed 5, June 2019.

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