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Styrofoam shipping boxes are made from polystyrene plastic, commonly used for its strong insulation and cushioning properties. Fragile items, such as wine bottles, can be shipped long distances in Styrofoam shipping boxes without being damaged. Foods, medical supplies and other temperature-sensitive items can be shipped safely at consistent temperatures in Styrofoam boxes.
Styrofoam is often known for its negative impact on the environment: Although polystyrene is recyclable, the material is not widely accepted at most recycling centers. In addition, the plastic is produced with nonrenewable fossil fuels and takes a very long time to biodegrade. Below, find three sustainable replacements for Styrofoam shipping containers.
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