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Polystyrene is a plastic manufactured from non-renewable fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals. One if its forms, expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), better known to the public as Styrofoam, is used in cups, plates, take-out food containers, and packing materials.

It's a cheap material that has provided convenience for decades. But at what cost?

Polystyrene has massive impacts upon our planet. It does not biodegrade. It is made from non-renewable fossil fuels and chemicals that may leach into food. Animals that mistake it for food can be poisoned or killed as they attempt to digest it. It cannot be recycled.

Styrene is even considered a possible carcinogen by the National Institutes of Health.

There are better, more environmentally-friendly options for the ubiquitous foam food containers. Recyclable and compostable options are available. Cities and counties around the nation are taking it upon themselves to protect their communities from the devastating effects of polystyrene, but these measures only address a national issue at the local scale.

To have the biggest impact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must step in to draft and advocate for legislation that would ban use of polystyrene by all stores, restaurants, parks and beaches. This ban would have an immediate and undeniable impact on the health of our environment and citizens. Such a large, sweeping ban would also send a powerful message to other nations that cheap convenience cannot supersede the sustainability of the health of people or the planet!

Tell the EPA to do their job and ban the use of polystyrene by all stores, restaurants, parks, and beaches across the nation!

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To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

I'm writing to you to voice my support for the many polystyrene bans being put into effect by cities and counties around the nation. These measures are designed to protect both people and the planet from a substance that negatively impacts both.

Polystyrene has massive impacts upon our planet. It does not biodegrade. It is made from non-renewable fossil fuels and chemicals that may leach into food. Animals that mistake it for food can be poisoned or killed as they attempt to digest it. It cannot be recycled.

Styrene is even considered a possible carcinogen by the National Institutes of Health.

There are better, more environmentally-friendly options for the ubiquitous foam food containers. Recyclable and compostable options are available that are just as effective as foam containers.

Because of this, I am writing to request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must step in to draft and advocate for legislation that would ban use of polystyrene by all stores, restaurants, parks and beaches.

This ban would have an immediate and undeniable impact on the health of our environment and citizens. Such a large, sweeping ban would also send a powerful message to other nations that cheap convenience cannot supersede the sustainability of the health of people or the planet!

Please, stand up for public health and the environment and ban the use of polystyrene by all stores, restaurants, parks, and beaches across the nation!

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Oct 14, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 14, 2017 sandy goncarovs I will not eat at restaurants that use styrofoam for take out or in-house. I live my conscience. Styrofoam is deadly.
Oct 14, 2017 Richard Cassley
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Ben Cachola
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Caryl Johnson
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 12, 2017 Holly Crawford
Oct 11, 2017 Leela Beaudry
Oct 6, 2017 Marilyn Williams Styrofoam is the enemy of the planet. Try not to use it, if at all possible. Thank you. MW
Oct 3, 2017 Gerri Elliott
Oct 3, 2017 K Moore
Oct 2, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2017 Mary Marchbanks
Oct 2, 2017 Valérie Drianne
Oct 2, 2017 Laura Lillibridge
Oct 1, 2017 shelia jons
Sep 29, 2017 Annamaria Rizzo
Sep 28, 2017 Stacey Daniels
Sep 28, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Sep 28, 2017 Lois Guthrie
Sep 28, 2017 dionne toye
Sep 28, 2017 chelsea cook
Sep 28, 2017 Sara Garcia
Sep 27, 2017 Pamela Trepke
Sep 26, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Sep 25, 2017 Sonia Paquin
Sep 24, 2017 Cameron McElroy
Sep 23, 2017 Yumiko Starr
Sep 22, 2017 Jodi Ford
Sep 22, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Sep 22, 2017 Elisabeth Swem
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 18, 2017 Tammy Goen
Sep 18, 2017 Ona Youmans
Sep 18, 2017 WILLIAM MCGOLDRICK
Sep 18, 2017 Linda Sippel-Lemmer
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 9, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2017 Mona Williams

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