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Hold the CFCs.

Hold the CFCs

Companies that produce disposable foam products used in food service -- such as cups, plates and fast-food containers -- announced this week they will voluntarily stop using fully halogenated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) -- the class of chemicals most destructive of the atmospheric ozone layer. The manufacturers will complete the phaseout by the end of 1988, according to the Foodservice and Packaging Institute, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based alliance of manufacturers. Almost a third of the foam products used in food service contain either CFC 11 or CFC 12, chemicals that blow bubbles into foam and provide insulation. A recent international treaty set future limits on the use of these chemicals.

Many manufacturers of disposable foam now plan to switch to HCFC 22, a substitute that is 20 times less destructive to ozone (SN: 4/9/88, p.234).
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Title Annotation:companies producing fast food containers to stop using chlorofluorocarbons
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 16, 1988
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