Costa Rica Has Banned Styrofoam — A Major Win for the Environment: After rolling out a national strategy to drastically reduce plastic use by 2021 last year, Costa Rica is now taking its environmental protection efforts a step

Costa Rica Has Banned Styrofoam — A Major Win for the Environment: After rolling out a national strategy to drastically reduce plastic use by 2021 last year, Costa Rica is now taking its environmental protection efforts a step

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  • FrozenToonies
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Nice as it is. Can’t stop them from importing goods packed in styrofoam. Want a new TV or appliance? So many goods are packed in it there’s no way to avoid it when you trade in a global level.

  • asyrin25
    1 Week(s) Ago

    NPR had an interesting article today saying that while plastic is bad for things like microplastics and plastic pollution, it's actually better for climate change than using paper or glass. Partially due to the significant weight difference in transport.

    Ah, found it.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/07/09/735848489/plastic-has-a-big-carbon-footprint-but-that-isnt-the-whole-story

    The plastic packaging accomplishes its purpose with very little weight of material," Sauer says. So if a paper bag weighs twice what a plastic one does, she says, "not only do you have to produce twice the weight of material, you have to transport twice the weight of material [and] you have twice the weight of material to manage at the end of its useful life."

    The ERG (Eastern Research Group) analysis was done for the American Chemistry Council, which says plastic replaces things that would do even more damage to the climate. "Plastics are often used in products that help to reduce much larger amounts of greenhouse gas emissions over their life cycle," says Steve Russell, ACC vice president for plastics.

  • hallissyc
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I think this is fantastic. No matter what, it is a step in the right direction, even if they are not as sustainable as they could or should be in other ways.

  • yumyumpeople
    1 Week(s) Ago

    What happens when you buy a new TV etc? Does it come with those bubble bag things that Amazon fucks with? Does it cost a bunch more because the manufacturer doesn't want to package differently for one country?

  • Refyo
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is a big win for the people who can't stand the sound or sight of Styrofoam!

  • TheLogicalCow
    1 Week(s) Ago

    If i recall Canada did this as well, how is Stucco going to be made? Is it going to be another material or is it ok to use styrofoam in certain places?

  • CJtheOMEGA
    1 Week(s) Ago

    So is the world slowly gonna go back to chopping down all the amazon rainforest again? Serious question, because I thought that was a pretty big deal back in the day and with the population of the world being way larger now, does that mean if all the major countries like the US, China, India etc switch to paper, will the rainforest be gone in a short amount of time? Also, wouldn’t that make pollution worse with less trees in the world overall? Serious questions, because I seriously don’t know

  • SilkyGazelleWatkins
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I can already tell that society is coming for my dunkin donuts Styrofoam cup.

  • FPSXpert
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This should be a fun thread. Pro Styrofoam Party where u at

  • flannyo
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Mass production, and mass transport, may be incompatible with a net-zero emissions world. It sucks to think about but we need to shrink our lives. You don’t need to plastic-wrap the grape that grows upriver, don’t need a refrigerated truck for the tomatoes in your backyard.

  • Amichateur
    1 Week(s) Ago

    wonderful.

    but how can CR be 100% renewable if still plenty of combustion engines cars move there?

  • Kulfyr3
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Norway just banned single use plastics like plastic straws. I'm so fucking pissed, cause plastic straws aren't the problem, paper straws are pretty much equally as bad as plastic straws, just worse in every way when using it, and everyone is parading around like it's a great win for the climate. "Every bit helps". But to me it just seems like some politicians bright idea to get free points without actually improving anything.

  • RickMoronic
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is a major blow to all of us here in the styrofoam division of the Costa Rica Chemical Company

  • Strangeboy31
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Jesus Christ, I've just invested $3,000,000 in a new Styrofoam plant in Costa Rica. Why couldn't they tell me this on MONDAY!!!!

  • Truth_Seeker_Cat
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Styrofoam is great, lots of uses and no direct replacement.

    There is packing material that is light like Styrofoam and not petroleum based. Its also considered edible. But it collapses a lot easier and is not as easy to produce.

    I save Styrofoam for use later But it does break down after so many months and starts falling apart.

  • RedMonte85
    1 Week(s) Ago

    While this is great news, this unfortunately is a very small drop in the bucket. At the same time, actions like this help nudge other countries or communities into trends. With all the news outlets focusing on nothing but the bad, any positive news is a plus.

  • gabokike99
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Tfw the news are up on reddit before the local newspapers, keep it up lol

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    1 Week(s) Ago

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