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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


Apr 24, 2017 Elise Buffie
Apr 23, 2017 Elvira Trebesius
Apr 21, 2017 Nicholas Lee
Apr 21, 2017 Corrina Parker
Apr 18, 2017 Sammy Jo Arneson
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 Judith Knouff
Apr 12, 2017 Jamie Polczynski
Apr 12, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2017 Elin Defrin
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 Dawn Hamel
Apr 11, 2017 Lily Dayan Cimadoro
Apr 11, 2017 Monika Huber
Apr 11, 2017 Helena Brouwer
Apr 11, 2017 Jeanette Taylor
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 6, 2017 L Klein Sadly the EPA likely wont care but its worth a shot... I work for an environmentally conscious and they have "banned" styrene at the facilities.
Apr 6, 2017 Pat Lawson
Apr 6, 2017 Marie Marcantonio Styrofoam is linked to Cancer! Please see http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/foam-cups-and-containers-officially-linked-to-cancer
Apr 6, 2017 Lee Barrilleaux
Apr 5, 2017 Jacqueline Lamoureux
Apr 4, 2017 Laura Becke Kurth
Apr 3, 2017 Wendy Pum
Apr 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Jan Ford
Apr 3, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Apr 3, 2017 Cathryn Classen
Apr 3, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Apr 3, 2017 Alper Arslan
Apr 3, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Apr 3, 2017 Deborah Lill
Apr 2, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
Apr 2, 2017 DIANE POOLE
Apr 2, 2017 Charmaine Shannon
Apr 2, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Apr 1, 2017 Shirley Baker
Apr 1, 2017 Kristine Kriner
Apr 1, 2017 Carol Bartold
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Tish Gates
Mar 30, 2017 Nancy Bickford-Jordan
Mar 27, 2017 Dana Albanese
Mar 25, 2017 Aimee Merino Styrofoam must be banned. It is toxic and deterimental to human and animal health

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