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Biodegradable foam food packaging an alternative to styrofoam
CUSTOMERS doing their Saturday morning shopping at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail wet market in Kuala Lumpur last week were greeted with samples of biodegradable food packaging. “We want people to know that there are alternatives in the market for styrofoam products. We all have a responsibility towards the environment. Whenever people don’t bring their own containers, biodegradable ones can be provided,” said Douglas Tan, Greatpac Sdn Bhd senior manager, who handles the company’s Jasa Eco biodegradable foam products. He said the Jasa Eco foam takeaway containers and plates were similar in consistency as regular styrofoam containers and were oil-and water-proof. The difference is that they are broken down at a quicker rate after they are disposed.

Here you go: Tan handing out reusable bags with biodegradable foam products to customers at the Taman Tun wet market.

“Regular products may take more than 500 years to break down because they repel microbes but our products will break down between two to five years, which is a vast improvement,” he said. In terms of costs, Tan said that each piece of takeaway container costs about 5sen more than the regular foam ones, which costs about 5sen each. “The amount has a small impact on customers but a big impact on the environment as we need to combat the waste problem. We introduced our product in Penang and the response is very encouraging,” he said.

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Very little polystyrene foam is recycled. reusable containers from home. and then discarded. finding alternatives to polystyrene foam food containers can have a massive impact on the health of the environment. . ask if they have alternative containers you can use instead of a polystyrene foam container for hot soup. keep a refillable travel mug in your car. use a plastic or metal container brought from home. For these reasons. for example. polystyrene breaks down into known carcinogens. you can change your own behavior to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Polystyrene foam containers can be recycled. 25 billion polystyrene cups are discarded each year. instead of buying meat packaged on a polystyrene foam tray. those containers wind up in a landfill. where they are a risk to wildlife. Bring Your Own Containers While you can't change what containers are available at every single business you patronize. When you visit a restaurant. and also alternatives that you can suggest to the businesses where you shop. 2010 • Related Guides: EPA Polystyrene foam food containers last forever. look to see if there are other options available in the shop. where they will never break down. In the produce department. Explore alternatives to polystyrene foam food containers to reduce your impact on the environment. Seek Other Options in the Store If you are in a store and do not have your own containers. it also saves your server a run to the kitchen.brighthub.http://www. go to the butcher counter and see if you can get your purchase wrapped in butcher paper instead. Not only does this reduce your personal waste output. According to the EPA. Most often. choose loose items over those packaged in polystyrene foam. Instead of using foam coffee cup. polystyrene foam's low density makes it a bulky and cumbersome material that most recyclers find uneconomical to handle. When visiting the deli counter. However. and will give discounts on refills of reusable cups. or in waterways. For instance. which would keep them out of the waste stream. instead of requesting a box for your leftovers. Many merchants already encourage this practice. and pollute waterways. Better Alternatives to Polystyrene Food Containers Polystyrene foam containers are used for a moment.aspx Alternatives to Polystyrene Foam Food Containers Written by: Lara Stewart • Edited by: Lindsay Evans Published Oct 31. There are a number of things that you can do as an individual.com/environment/green-living/articles/93969. One option is to talk to the store owner about bringing your own clean. Exposed to the air and water.

the reduced environmental impact is worth it. These containers. Corn plastic containers. with its densely packed mycelium fibers.popsci. they may not be able to account for the additional weight of your alternative container. in fact. The panels are dried in an oven at between 100° and 150°F to stop mycelia growth. which look exactly like conventional plastic or foam containers.It should be noted that items that. Compostable paper containers. the scales are set to deduct the weight of the usual polystyrene foam packaging. the inventors grow mycelia. Their invention. Let the clerk know that this is okay with you. Composted under commercial conditions. dubbed "Greensulate". who have invented an eco-friendly alternative to styrofoam. Bagasse is the fiber left over after molasses is pressed from sugar cane. You may pay a few cents more. Food containers can be made from the fiber. http://www. after 10 to 14 days. and often compostable materials. Here is an extract from the Popular Science article: In the lab. The mixture is placed inside a panel (or whatever shape is required) and. the roots of mushrooms. But instead of soil.com/environment/article/2009-05/green-styrofoam Invention Awards: Eco-Friendly Insulation Made From Mushrooms Greensulate. the vegetative roots of mushrooms that resemble bundles of white fiber. they're ready for your walls. Popular Science magazine awarded their PopSci Invention Awards. which is compostable. is an insulation material made of mycelia. when items are sold by weight. and. A few alternatives to polystyrene foam food containers to suggest: Bagasse based containers. they break down in 45 to 60 days. Eco-Friendly Alternative To Styrofoam? In May 2009. the roots grow in a bed of agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks. the mycelia develop a dense network — just one cubic inch of the white-and-brown-specked "Greensulate" insulation contains eight miles of interconnected mycelia strands. One of the recipients of the award were Eben Bayer and Gavin MacIntyre. More and more municipalities. There are containers available made from sustainably raised trees and lined with compostable plastics to prevent leakage during use. Alternatives to Suggest to the Store Owner There are more disposable food containers than ever that avoid the use of polystyrene in favor of renewable. but. and at the end of two weeks. are made from corn that is grown in the US. could replace plastic insulation . and those intertwining fibers give the material structural support. are requiring that merchants make the switch to more environment-friendly packaging.

The panels are dried in an oven at between 100° and 150°F to stop mycelia growth. and can easily be tailored to different levels of strength and flexibility. and those intertwining fibers give the material structural support. Bayer and McIntyre's work with mushrooms has come a long way since they first met as mechanicalengineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. the roots grow in a bed of agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks. as well as in packaging and a host of other products. When the two set out to make biodegradable and renewable insulation. . environmentally harmful Styrofoam and plastics used in wall insulation. The mixture is placed inside a panel (or whatever shape is required) and. But instead of soil. lab tests confirmed their early hunch about the unusual properties of the mushroom-derived insulation. the vegetative roots of mushrooms that resemble bundles of white fiber. and at the end of two weeks. after 10 to 14 days.500 Time: 2 years Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre want to line the walls of your home with mushrooms. Mixed-in seed husks. helped the mycelia withstand a blowtorch. In the lab. The young entrepreneurs have created a strong. Wind-turbine blades and auto-body panels aren't out of the realm of possibility. Many prototypes later.Invention: Greensulate Inventor: Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre Cost: $1. either. they started testing different varieties of mushrooms grown in Tupperware. the inventors grow mycelia. low-cost biomaterial that could replace the expensive. they're ready for your walls. And besides being cheaper and eco-friendlier than petroleum-derived products. Greensulate can grow at room temperature and in the dark. "We like to call it low-tech biotech." Bayer says. doesn't require expensive manufacturing equipment built to withstand industrial conditions. the mycelia develop a dense network — just one cubic inch of the white-and-brown-specked "Greensulate" insulation contains eight miles of interconnected mycelia strands. for example.

joined by now-COO Ed Browka and other team members. "there's a chance there would be no reason to use conventional foam products. USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said all the 32 cafeteria operators would stop using non-biodegradable styrofoam food containers as part of the university's green campaign.000 food containers used in the campus daily. “From now on.000 prize at the PICNIC Green Challenge in Amsterdam. “We have also prohibited the use of styrofoam and other form of polystyrene material. the inventors incorporated under the name Ecovative Design and won $16.Greensulate: How It Works: Greensulate’s strength derives from billions of mycelia. only 1. or tubelike mushroom roots that intertwine with agricultural castoffs like seed husks.” he said after opening the Sejahtera Cafe at the campus here Monday. . they took the $700.000 in funding through the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. “We encourage students to eat in cafeteria using washable plates instead of opting for take-away. and engineering campus in Nibong Tebal.000 were biodegradable. One cubic inch of the material contains eight miles of mycelium fibers Bland Designs In 2007." USM bans polystyrene food containers PENANG: Polystyrene food containers have been banned in Universiti Sains Malaysia's main campus here with immediate effect as part of its move to be green. A year later. The partners expect to complete all industrial certification and testing by the end of the year and have enlisted Jeff Brooks of the Timberline Panel Company to advise them on meeting American Society for Testing and Materials standards for building insulation. Ecovative has begun a trial run of Greensulate panels as replacements for insulation in a Vermont school gym.” he said. A study carried out on Saturday showed that of the 7. Kelantan. Seberang Prai Selatan.” he said. Prof Dzulkifli said the operators had agreed to absorb the cost. adding that the biodegradable containers cost about 20 sen each while styrofoam containers cost about three or four sen each. There would be no increase in food prices. "If they get to the point where I think they'll get. the cafeteria operators must use eco-friendly biodegradable containers made of oil palm waste instead of the harmful styrofoam." he says. Prof Dzulkifli said the ban on styrofoam would later be extended to the USM health campus in Kubang Kerian.

php CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY . “The Taiwanese students brought with them reusable chopsticks and foldable containers.000 USM staff and students are the catalyst for the initiative. The students did not even have to use the plates provided during meals.” Prof Dzulkifli said.” he added. “The White Coffin” signature campaign was launched for USM students and staff to pledge their commitment to support sustainable initiatives to reduce adverse impact on environment.my/about_us_social_responsibility. “We are also seriously conducting research to produce biodegradable plastics.” he said.tupperwarebrands. Our aim is to eliminate all types of substances that are unfriendly towards Mother Nature. “The students washed the containers and chopsticks for subsequent use. http://www.com. During the function.The initiative to stop the use of styrofoam was mooted by the students to promote a better future. He said 25 students from Taiwan who visited USM recently had shown that a change in attitude and mindset was possible. “All the 30.

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