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This 'Nanowood' Is The Biodegradable Alternative To Styrofoam We Need

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Styrofoam is incredibly cheap and provides many uses like holding hot drinks and packing larger electronics for shipment. However, the convenience is costly when it comes to the environment, and it’s an incredible nightmare when it comes to recycling it. A new option called “nanowood” hopes to provide benefits similar to styrofoam, with the plus of being biodegradable.

For the most part, local recycling bins do not accept foamed polystyrene, or Styrofoam. Some variations of it can be accepted or there will be specific bins, but usually all food containers and cups are not accepted due to contamination. In the recycling process, accidentally burning polystyrene gives of styrene gas, which is a toxic chemical.