Environmental Info

Our materials...

All our materials are manufactured without the use of CFC/HCFC.

Polystyrene and fire

Polystyrene should never be burned unless done so in an incinerator at high temperatures. Improper burning causes pollution and can be harmful to your health.

From Wikipedia:

If polystyrene is properly incinerated at high temperatures, the chemicals generated are water, carbon dioxide, a complex mixture of volatile compounds, and carbon soot. According to the American Chemistry Council, when polystyrene is incinerated in modern facilities, the final volume is 1% of the starting volume; most of the polystyrene is converted into carbon dioxide, water vapor, and heat. Because of the amount of heat released, it is sometimes used as a power source for steam or electricity generation.

When polystyrene was burned at temperatures of 800–900 °C (the typical range of a modern incinerator), the products of combustion consisted of "a complex mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from alkyl benzenes to benzoperylene. Over 90 different compounds were identified in combustion effluents from polystyrene."

When burned without enough oxygen or at lower temperatures (as in a campfire or a household fireplace), polystyrene can produce polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon black, and carbon monoxide, as well as styrene monomers.

Polystyrene's impact on the environment

Discarded polystyrene does not biodegrade for hundreds of years and is resistant to photolysis. Because of this stability, very little of the waste discarded in today's modern, highly engineered landfills biodegrades. Because degradation of materials creates potentially harmful liquid and gaseous by-products that could contaminate groundwater and air, today's landfills are designed to minimize contact with air and water required for degradation, thereby practically eliminating the degradation of waste. Polystyrene discarded in this way therefore does not contaminate the environment by ways of toxic by-products.

Polystyrene can, when not discarded in a responsible manner, be very harmful to fauna and marine life. Therefore we take extreme care to always follow the due processes when dealing with our waste and so should you. Feel free to contact us for any advice on how to deal with your polystyrene waste.

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Recycling

All waste material resulting from our production is recycled the following ways:

  • Insulation for construction purposes. Waste material is supplied to manufacturers for use in the production of various building insulation products.
  • Added to concrete building blocks. Waste material also added to a concrete mixture to produce "stumbelblocks" . This reduces the weight of each individual block significantly which in turn make it a economical insulated building material. Find out more at www.stumbelbloc.com
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