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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 22, 2017 Doreen Walter
Aug 21, 2017 Kay Roberts
Aug 20, 2017 Susan Glarum
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Aug 18, 2017 Apryl Mefford-Hemauer
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 16, 2017 Jewell Batway
Aug 15, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Aug 15, 2017 regina sondej
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 13, 2017 Francie Rawl
Aug 12, 2017 ALESSIA BERGAMINI
Aug 12, 2017 Brenda Silverstrim
Aug 11, 2017 James Painter
Aug 10, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 10, 2017 Fern Swecker
Aug 10, 2017 Kevin Maisonave
Aug 10, 2017 Melissa Kalt
Aug 8, 2017 Ashley Wang
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Aug 7, 2017 Julie Holt
Aug 5, 2017 Nancy Whiting
Aug 4, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 2, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Aug 1, 2017 Leslie D There are now edible cups, Lolliware that will soon be on the market. We need alternatives to Styrofoam.
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Althea Day
Jul 30, 2017 Naomi Martin
Jul 30, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 29, 2017 Kathy Aprile
Jul 29, 2017 Kristin Dubovsky
Jul 29, 2017 Lisa Harding
Jul 29, 2017 Brenda Smith
Jul 28, 2017 Janet Magdaleno
Jul 28, 2017 Sandrine Carrigan
Jul 27, 2017 Maryann LaNew
Jul 25, 2017 Wanda Norgaard
Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 22, 2017 GERARD FABIANO
Jul 22, 2017 Wayne Cosby
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin

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