At a school, you would probably see a rubber-like material being used by teachers and students.
That is the EVA foam – and you can use it to create costumes, to decorate the classroom and to aid in a number of educational activities.
It’s colorful, soft, safe for kids and very resistant.
Actually, this foam is so resistant that it would take around 400 years for it to decompose in nature. This is usually the case with materials derived from crude oil.
But how big is this problem?
Let’s look at a real world example from a renowned school in Brazil – that was kind enough to provide information on their usage and disposal of this material.
For the last academic year, the school acquired over a thousand EVA foam sheets, in a wide range of colors.
Just so you can picture it better, each sheet has a surface of 40 × 60 cm and measures 2 mm in thickness.