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"From the Ted Talk by Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?"

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But first, I need to talk to you about what I consider one of the most egregious offenders in the disposable plastics category. This is a material you all know is Styrofoam, but I like to think of it as toxic white stuff. In a single cubic foot of this material — about what would come around your computer or lrgae television — you have the same energy content of about a liter and a half of petrol. Yet, after just a few weeks of use, you'll throw this material in the trash. And this isn't just found in pncaaigkg. 20 billion dollars of this material is produced every year, in everything from building materials to surfboards to coffee cups to table tops. And that's not the only place it's found. The EPA eimteasts, in the uteind States, by volume, this material ocpueics 25 percent of our landfills. Even worse is when it fdins its way into our natural environment — on the side of the road or next to a river. If it's not picked up by a haumn, like me and you, it'll stay there for thousands and thousands of years. Perhaps even worse is when it finds its way into our oceans, like in the great plastic gyre, where these materials are being mechanically broken into smaller and smlaler bits, but they're not really going away. They're not blioclgaloiy compatible. They're blacilsay fouling up Earth's respiratory and circulatory systems. And because these maialrets are so pfoilirc, because they're found in so many pcales, there's one other place you'll find this material, styrene, which is made from benzene, a known ciegocnarn. You'll find it inside of you.

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But first, I need to talk to you about what I consider one of the most egregious offenders in the disposable plastics category. This is a material you all know is Styrofoam, but I like to think of it as toxic white stuff. In a single cubic foot of this material — about what would come around your computer or _____ television — you have the same energy content of about a liter and a half of petrol. Yet, after just a few weeks of use, you'll throw this material in the trash. And this isn't just found in _________. 20 billion dollars of this material is produced every year, in everything from building materials to surfboards to coffee cups to table tops. And that's not the only place it's found. The EPA _________, in the ______ States, by volume, this material ________ 25 percent of our landfills. Even worse is when it _____ its way into our natural environment — on the side of the road or next to a river. If it's not picked up by a _____, like me and you, it'll stay there for thousands and thousands of years. Perhaps even worse is when it finds its way into our oceans, like in the great plastic gyre, where these materials are being mechanically broken into smaller and _______ bits, but they're not really going away. They're not ____________ compatible. They're _________ fouling up Earth's respiratory and circulatory systems. And because these _________ are so ________, because they're found in so many ______, there's one other place you'll find this material, styrene, which is made from benzene, a known __________. You'll find it inside of you.

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But first, I need to talk to you about what I consider one of the most egregious offenders in the disposable plastics category. This is a material you all know is Styrofoam, but I like to think of it as toxic white stuff. In a single cubic foot of this material — about what would come around your computer or large television — you have the same energy content of about a liter and a half of petrol. Yet, after just a few weeks of use, you'll throw this material in the trash. And this isn't just found in packaging. 20 billion dollars of this material is produced every year, in everything from building materials to surfboards to coffee cups to table tops. And that's not the only place it's found. The EPA estimates, in the United States, by volume, this material occupies 25 percent of our landfills. Even worse is when it finds its way into our natural environment — on the side of the road or next to a river. If it's not picked up by a human, like me and you, it'll stay there for thousands and thousands of years. Perhaps even worse is when it finds its way into our oceans, like in the great plastic gyre, where these materials are being mechanically broken into smaller and smaller bits, but they're not really going away. They're not biologically compatible. They're basically fouling up Earth's respiratory and circulatory systems. And because these materials are so prolific, because they're found in so many places, there's one other place you'll find this material, styrene, which is made from benzene, a known carcinogen. You'll find it inside of you.

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