Since polystyrene is not biodegradable, it will stay on earth forever. Thise poses problems not only for the environment and wild-life but for human well -being as it causes acute health problems. It is also a large creator of waste, not only in itself but in production.
By developing a computer-based model, we hope to show that the environmental "cost" outweighs the monetary one.
Even though the cost of polystyrene is comparably lower than the cost of paper, polystyrene is a creator of waste that affects the environment in negative ways.
We hope that by developing this model, we can persuade our community and beyond to use recyclable alternatives instead of polystyrene.