Expanded Polystyrene foam was a revelation when Dow Chemical began manufacturing it in the 1940s. The lightweight, insulating, moisture-resistant plastic was great for making everything from pipe insulation and bicycle helmets to coffee cups and meat trays. Unfortunately, the material is also very difficult to recycle, and it can take centuries to decompose. Since many of the products made from Styrofoam and other brands of EPS are highly disposable — restaurant takeout containers, packing ...

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