UBC, UCalgary, Concordia deliver innovative solutions to tackle Styrofoam waste


A series of innovative projects at the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, and Concordia University are tackling the problem of Styrofoam waste. At UBC, researchers partnered with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation to develop a new biofoam that uses the natural fibres from waste wood. At UCalgary, PhD students introduced a polystyrene recycling program for the school’s labs that has recycled more than 2,000 pounds of Styrofoam over the last year. Concordia’s Centre for Creative Reuse tasked undergraduate art students with creating art without producing waste; one student converted Styrofoam waste into a castable resin for sculptures.

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