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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


Jun 26, 2017 Blaze Bhence
Jun 26, 2017 Brian Resh
Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Jun 24, 2017 Karin Lindberg
Jun 24, 2017 sherrie fairbrother
Jun 22, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Melissa Newman
Jun 21, 2017 Juanita Montano
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Jun 19, 2017 melanie johnson we need to clean up our planet now. there is no more time to lose.
Jun 19, 2017 Алексей Жезлов
Jun 18, 2017 Christina Adkins
Jun 18, 2017 Lisa Seeley
Jun 17, 2017 Sandra Wirz
Jun 17, 2017 Christine Rochette
Jun 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Materials made in a laboratory kill that which is not. Please, reuse paper and glass containers instead.
Jun 15, 2017 adrian mckie We just do not need to use these packages when cardboard ones are available.
Jun 14, 2017 Lisa Bianchi
Jun 14, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Jun 13, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 13, 2017 Monica Zias
Jun 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 jane drexler
Jun 11, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Jun 10, 2017 Tina Flagg Styrofoam Doesn’t Go “Away"
Jun 10, 2017 Jim Spooner
Jun 10, 2017 christina degang
Jun 9, 2017 Natasha French
Jun 9, 2017 Stephanie Brake
Jun 9, 2017 sheila rennie
Jun 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) This stuff is evil, it never breaks down but sits there leaching out unpleasant chemicals. If you bury this stuff in 200 years it will still be there...so stop producing the stuff!
Jun 9, 2017 L.M. Peacock
Jun 9, 2017 Elbert Peacock
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Susan Pizza
Jun 9, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Jun 9, 2017 Andreas Sachs
Jun 9, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 8, 2017 Elizabeth Congo
Jun 8, 2017 Maria Zambrano
Jun 8, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 6, 2017 jean sunderland
Jun 5, 2017 Samantha Manso
Jun 5, 2017 Deanna Herron
Jun 4, 2017 Cynthia Huffman

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