Polystyrene is easy to shape, and has a transparent, cheap, rigid, insulation, printing and other advantages. It can be widely used in light industry market, daily decoration, lighting instructions and packaging and so on. In the electrical aspects of a better insulation materials and thermal insulation materials, it can produce a variety of instrument shell, shade, optical chemical equipment parts, transparent film, capacitor dielectric layer.
Polystyrene can be used for powder and emulsion cosmetics. For the powder has a good compression, so it can improve the adhesion of powder. Giving the skin a sense of luster and lubrication, is a substitute for talc and silica, a high-level filler.
Because of its low quality (especially foam type), the residual value is low, polystyrene is not easy to cycle. Usually polystyrene can not be recovered by the kerbside method. However, the industrial also on the re-use of expanded polystyrene has been greatly improved, there have been a lot of new methods to make it dense. This method of increasing its density usually increases the density by 15 slugs / ft3 and forms the center of the proper regeneration operation on the clean polystyrene. Michigan, Mason, Dart Container factory in the use of polystyrene and industrial polystyrene after the EPS recycling.
The future seems to be able to break down the material by the bacteria found in the digestive tract by the baccarat (the larvae of the genus Tenebrio).
The discarded polystyrene can not enter the biochemical cycle through biodegradation and photolysis. Due to the low specific gravity of the expanded polystyrene (polylactone), it floats on the surface of the water or winds, causing subjective damage to the landscape. According to the California Coastal Commission, polystyrene is a major marine drift. And for the consumption of such plastic marine life, it will cause harm to its digestive system.