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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


May 23, 2018 Samantha Herring
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 21, 2018 M T
May 21, 2018 Carolyn Smith
May 21, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 21, 2018 Liz LaFour
May 21, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
May 17, 2018 keely mcleod
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Natalie DeBoer
May 14, 2018 Ethelyn Barksdale
May 14, 2018 Lisa Delabre
May 13, 2018 Joanne Thielen There is no need for all the styrofoam.
May 11, 2018 Alysa Waring
May 11, 2018 HELEN JONES
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 7, 2018 Laura Haworth
May 5, 2018 Anais Cudel
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 23, 2018 A S
Apr 22, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 14, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Apr 14, 2018 Kay Birkinshaw
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 10, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Apr 9, 2018 Mary Sier
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 Ellen McConnell
Apr 6, 2018 Kim Johnson
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Redmond PLEASE! They (all types of companies), must learn to comply as well! If you want to "MAKE AMERICAN GREAT, again, start NOW!!!!!!
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Candice C
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 5, 2018 Cindy Stein
Apr 5, 2018 Maria Sicari
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 2, 2018 Theresa Boisseau
Apr 2, 2018 Monika Saluter

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