The Danger of Using Styrofoam Containers in Langar
Styrofoam has become such an accepted way to serve langar whether it be foam cups or plates that people often don’t stop to realize that it is made from polystyrene.
Polystyrene is a petroleum – based plastic. In fact, Styrofoam is the trade name for polystyrene. it gained popularity because it is lightweight, offers good insulation properties that keep products cold or hot and keeps things safe during the shipping process without adding weight. While there are some positive aspects of the material , the year have shown that Styrofoam also has harmful effects.
Why is it harmful ?
Polystyrene foam cups contain styrene – a chemical compound that is increasingly suspect. In the 12th edition of its Report on Carcinogens the National Toxicology Program (NTP) stated that styrene is “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen,” and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified styrene as a “possible human carcinogen”
However, in spite of these classifications, polystyrene foam continues to be widely used for coffee cups, egg cartons, and salad boxes as well as disposable bowls, plates and trays.
It carries a host of other adverse health effects like;