Video Spotlight: Ashton Cofer on Styrofoam Pollution

An inspiring group of students came up with a plan to recycle a non-recyclable product: Styrofoam.

No good system exists to properly dispose of Styrofoam, and it is constantly pilling up in landfills. Recycling is difficult because most Styrofoam is contaminated. If left in the environment, where it can accumulate in oceans or on beaches, it takes hundreds of years to break down. Some places are trying to degrade it using chemicals or are simply banning it’s use altogether.

In his 2017 TED Talk, Ashton Cofer explains the groups plan to make activated carbon, used in water purification systems, out of the carbon that exists in Styrofoam.

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