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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


Aug 12, 2018 Linda Tabb
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton Do we not want a planet in the next decade?
Aug 3, 2018 Bari Bowles
Aug 3, 2018 Yvonne Fitzpatrick
Aug 3, 2018 James Williams
Aug 3, 2018 Carol Dixon
Aug 2, 2018 Kathleen Nagy-DeRosa
Aug 2, 2018 Sunny Marling
Aug 2, 2018 Phyl Morello PLEASE DO NOT TAKE STYROFOAM...DEMAND THIS HARMFUL PRODUCT STOP BEING MADE & SOLD
Aug 2, 2018 Deborah Iannizzotto
Aug 2, 2018 Mary Hunt
Aug 2, 2018 Pia Heyn
Aug 2, 2018 Beverly Parker
Aug 2, 2018 Minerva Vergne
Aug 2, 2018 Valéria Cecília Di Dib
Jul 31, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jul 30, 2018 Denise Dynan
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 21, 2018 valentina halliday
Jul 21, 2018 Sue Martin This is not that hard to do. We have the technology.I think most of us would be willing to pay extra for proper packaging which nowadays is becoming inexpensive as usage grows. We must change our path and think of consequences before we do things.
Jul 20, 2018 Dana Newsom
Jul 20, 2018 Karen Browning
Jul 19, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Steviann Yanowitz
Jul 19, 2018 Kimberly Whalen
Jul 19, 2018 Karen Heinsch
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 5, 2018 Dottie Fleischmann
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jun 30, 2018 Les Waters
Jun 30, 2018 Kathy Wallace
Jun 29, 2018 Terri Szabacsan
Jun 29, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Jun 29, 2018 Kim Ryan
Jun 29, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jun 29, 2018 David Parker
Jun 29, 2018 Vicki Hambrick
Jun 29, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 17, 2018 Jocelyn Valdez
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 13, 2018 Barbara Hauck
Jun 8, 2018 Nancy Daniel
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 PEGGY MORRIS

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