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Paint Made from Recycled Polystyrene

You are probably familiar with polystyrene from your everyday life, but did you know that it is also particularly well-suited to recycling, being able to be made into plastic or recycled into fuel as gas, oil etc.?

And now, paint has been developed which features recycled polystyrene as its base material. This technology is the result of three years of research and development by Idea-Tec, created by two scientists from Chile. Later, at the end of 2018, product sales began and at the current time they sell nine product varieties.

The method of making the paint itself is very simple. Mixing together polystyrene, organic solvent and additives results in a sticky honey-like substance, and the paint is made with that as its base. Some products are suited to painting roads, other products are suited to acting as a waterproofing agent for external walls. The paints are manufactured to purpose by changing the amount of recycled polystyrene in the mixture.

If you have read this far, you may be wondering what sort of benefits making paint from recycled polystyrene has to the environment. As it happens, this technology can prevent 15.3kg of CO2 being released into the atmosphere per tin can.

However, since saying “15.3kg of CO2” alone may not quite drive the point home,

Let’s convert that into everyday terms. The amount that you can decrease CO2 by decreasing air conditioner use by one hour per day over the course of a month comes to 2.4kg. The amount that you can decrease CO2 by decreasing each shower by one minute over the course of a month comes to 2.7kg.

By comparing it to the amount of CO2 reductions possible in everyday life, we can see how much of an effect eliminating 15.3kg of CO2 emissions can have.

Of course, reducing CO2 as much as possible in our everyday lives is still important. The effects of one person may be small, but many small efforts can add up to great effects. Being aware of CO2 reductions allows us to economize, and hopefully we can be always aware of the little things we can do to reduce CO2 in our daily lives.