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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


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
Sep 1, 2017 Peggy Skelton
Sep 1, 2017 Maria Macpherson
Sep 1, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 31, 2017 Debra Carter
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 Francisco Rosado Silva
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 jeri layton I've been fighting the use of Styrofoam( #6 in the triangle on bottom of containers: white or black) since 1990! It NEVER decomposes. it it's burned it emits harmful CFC in to the air...if its smashed in to pellets, fish eat it.
Aug 23, 2017 nina jacob
Aug 23, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Aug 22, 2017 Linda Detels
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

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