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The ban on polystyrene has gone through in NYC. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-19/new-york-city-council-approves-ban-on-plastic-foam-containers.html. I think this is very exciting news! It doesn't go through immediately; if the opponents of the ban can find a way for NYC to recycle styrofoam in the next year, then it won't go into effect. This still doesn't get rid of the problem of single-use containers, and the alternatives might not be ideal. http://gothamist.com/2013/04/03/bloombergs_styrofoam_ban_hinges_on.php. My understanding is that, in addition to being slower to degrade, it is worse for your health. According to this guide that I got from this blog (http://myplasticfreelife.com/p….._guide.pdf),
Styrene is toxic to the brain and nervous system, among workers with longer-term exposures,15,16 but also has been found to adversely affect red blood cells, liver, kid- neys and stomach in animal studies.17 Aside from exposure from food containers, children can be exposed to styrene from secondhand cigarette smoke, off-gassing of building materials, auto exhaust fumes and drinking water. "
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