Burning a Kyrie Irving jersey is actually toxic

Burning a Kyrie Irving jersey is actually toxic

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Kyrie Irving is still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but after asking for a trade and several social media posts that could be interpreted as jabs at LeBron James and the organization, people have already started to burn his jersey. It turns out burning that jersey is even more toxic than the passive aggressive videos Irving has been in.

The point guard, who spent his first six years in a Cleveland jersey, is still under contract with the Cavs but has asked for a trade.

It's definitely not safe to burn a jersey for a variety of reasons, according to Parma Fire Department Public Information Officer TJ Martin.

"In essence there is no safe way, or acceptable way to openly burn a jersey, shirt or bobble head at any time or place.  Not only is it unsafe for the environment and the person or persons that are burning it, it's illegal," Martin said.

Here's what's legal in Ohio, according to Martin:

  • You may have a fire for cooking, warmth, pleasure, ceremonial or similar purposes without notification and/or permission from the Ohio EPA or local jurisdiction providing the following guidelines are followed:
  • burn only clean, dry, seasoned firewood;
  • the fire is no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high;
  • fire is not used for waste disposal.

So, not only is it illegal to burn that No. 2 jersey, Martin stressed it's actually extremely toxic.

A replica jersey is 100 percent polyester and the authentic jersey is 100 percent 190-gram polyester.

So what does burning polyester do? According to Martin it's toxic:

  • Polyester is the "product" of various toxic elements, of which most are considered carcinogenic and poisonous.  Though polyester, and the end product of the clothes and jerseys we wear daily, appear normal the fact remains that they are still "plastic."
  • Polyester is may from synthetic polymes with the chemical composition of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid.  This makes the material highly toxic and this toxicity is not removed through washing or in the manufacturing process.
  • Burning plastics, which polyester is in the family of plastics, dioxins are produced through the burning process.  Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals and are considered among the most dangerous to humans.
  • Dioxins are carcinogens and can accumulate in the body and expectant mothers can even transmit this chemical onto their unborn children in the uterus.
  • Dioxins in the air, which is where they go when burned, can settle in the waterways and on the ground and cause pollution of the ground water system.

An now that you know it's toxic it leads us back to why you can't just go out and through it in your fire pit, or fire ring, and light it on fire:

  • Burning is not permitted in fire ring(s), a fire pit, a barbecue or fireplace of materials that are toxic or may otherwise pose a health risk to the user or to the environment.
  • Under Ohio law, these materials may not be burned anywhere in the state at any time: 
    • garbage—any wastes created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking or consuming food;
    • materials containing rubber, grease and asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars and auto parts, plastics or plastic coated wire
    • dead animals—unless approved for control of disease by a governing agency.

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