You know, for all of my environmental awareness, I was always under the mistaken impression that the reason no one recycled Styrofoam was that it just couldn’t be recycled.

I (somewhat naively, I now realize) assumed that we just lacked the technology or ability to do so, so I avoided using it altogether. I brought my own containers when picking up takeout food, brought my own jars when going to smoothie places, and shopped secondhand to sidestep all the Styrofoam packaging associated with buying new products.

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