The iconic white coffee cup and clamshell take-out containers we all know so well are not REALLY Styrofoam, so let’s make that clear from the beginning. That doesn’t make the items I’m talking about any less dangerous, as you’ll see below, but it’s important to clarify what we are talking about.

The real Styrofoam™ was invented in 1941, is made by Dow Chemical, and is “used exclusively in building insulation, to float docks, and in some molds for floral arrangements… With very few exceptions it’s coloured light blue.”

The white plastic items we incorrectly refer to as Styrofoam are very similar yet different. Here’s the difference:

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