“From an environmental perspective, styrofoam is a disaster. It is one of those products that imposes huge costs on society, costs that are borne by the community and not by the manufacturers who produce it. Just like the fossil fuel industry, profits are privatized while costs are socialized.
Now scientists at Washington State University say they have developed an environmentally friendly material derived from plants that works better than Styrofoam for insulation. The experimental foam is made primarily from nanocrystals of cellulose — the most abundant plant material on earth…”