Styrofoam…is it safe for your birds???

I dont believe there have been any specific studies done on this product in conjunction with the safety of it for our birds, however if you read the products used to make this, it does not sound like something we should be allowing our birds to ever be near and especially not something we would want them to be interacting with.

What is it?

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer. Most people know it under the name Styrofoam, which is actually the trade name of a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation. Polystyrene is a light-weight material, about 95% air, with very good insulation properties and is used in all types of products from cups that keep your beverages hot or cold to packaging material that keep your computers safe during shipping.

Why not use it?

The biggest environmental health concern associated with polystyrene is the danger associated with Styrene, the basic building block of polystyrene. Styrene is used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, rubber, and resins. About 90,000 workers, including those who make boats, tubs and showers, are potentially exposed to styrene. Acute health effects are generally irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal effects. Chronic exposure affects the central nervous system showing symptoms such as depression, headache, fatigue, and weakness, and can cause minor effects on kidney function and blood. Styrene is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Read more here……Earth Resource Foundation

2 thoughts on “Styrofoam…is it safe for your birds???

  1. I’m not so concerned about the Polystyrene. My question is that those are bubbles. My question is exactly what is the gas IN the bubbles of Polystyrene. If the Polystyrene breaks down over time, what gas is being leaked into the room where our parrots (and us) are in?

    My bigger question is the spray foams, “open cell”, and “closed cell”. Again, as the “foam” forms, what gas is blowing the bubbles? So am I guessing correctly that in the open cell spray foam, after the foam cures, I’m guessing that all of whatever gas is gone (perhaps that takes a week or more to be totally gone?) But what about the closed cell foam. Again, if the foam breaks down over time, what gas has been in those bubbles that as the foam breaks down, gets released for us and our birds to breath?

    PS: I wish your postings had a date so that I’d know how current and reverent postings and discussions are.


    -Clifton Bencke
    Pirates And Parrots
    Children stories and presentations of outdoors adventure

    • This was posted on Nov 2012, I wish I had answers to your questions but I admittedly do not right now. I will try to find out what I can and post again. Thank you very much though for your questions, I am sure others would want the answers to this as well.


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