newbyplantlover
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styrofoam containers?

I stumbled across a great planter idea - styrofoam. I've got a cooler, and some portable bait containers now that are a great size to turn into a planter. The only thing is ... I'm not sure how to paint them. I know it's possible, but there might be a specific paint to use. :?: I bought a can of spray paint which actually is melting the styrofoam. :shock: No help there. Any paint ideas?

Also - I am needing to put tomatoes in containers and am wondering about using these for the containers. I know edible fruit plants you want to be more careful about what they're potted in. Is styrofoam safe? :?: Is painted styrofoam safe? :?: I try to eat organic produce, so it is important to me that I'm not inadvertently eating chemicals. Thanks guys!
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Styrene (the primary ingredient, hence the name) has been shown to be toxic on several levels. The carcinogen potential is classified thusly by EPA;
there may be an association between styrene exposure and an increased risk of leukemia and lymphoma. However, the evidence is inconclusive due to confounding factors. EPA has not given a formal carcinogen classification to styrene.
[url]https://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/styrene.html[/url]

There is clear data that styrene is taken up by plants...

[url]https://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0908/dangerous_toxins_youve_eaten.php[/url]

All in all I think this is a very bad idea for food crops. Very bad... :evil:

I don't buy anything strofoam anymore as this stuff is a planetary bad deal...
HG
Scott Reil

newbyplantlover
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Thanks Scott! Very helpful info, thanks.
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Nicola0709
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if you are going to use the stryo boxes, then make sure they are food grade ones... (they are treated differently, apparently)

a0c8c
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Most any paint will melt styrofoam. They print on them with inks similar to printers, never paint. Oil and Petroleum based paints will melt them the quickest.

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This is some very good information and I'm thankful that you shared it. I had no idea about the toxins in styrofoam and will probably just toss everything out, since i don't want my plants infected. :cry:

Jeremy

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