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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


Mar 25, 2017 Aimee Merino Styrofoam must be banned. It is toxic and deterimental to human and animal health
Mar 25, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 J Lathem
Mar 25, 2017 DIANA POE-PIERSOLL
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
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Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Denise Maurer
Mar 22, 2017 Sharon Helin
Mar 21, 2017 Randyl Sachs
Mar 20, 2017 Laura Pakaln
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Carole Gorecki
Mar 20, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Mar 20, 2017 Ellen Rendle
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 20, 2017 Åsa Fredin
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 Edeltraut Renk
Mar 18, 2017 Kirk Rhoads
Mar 18, 2017 Nancy Jones
Mar 18, 2017 Peg Coogan
Mar 17, 2017 Patti Wright
Mar 16, 2017 Carolyn Bridges
Mar 16, 2017 Christine Higgins
Mar 16, 2017 Dorothy Kroger
Mar 16, 2017 Elaine Greene
Mar 16, 2017 Helen Golding
Mar 14, 2017 Cathleen Cascia
Mar 13, 2017 Susan Dandorf personally I hate this material and avoid it whenever possible....please there are alternatives use them.
Mar 12, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Mar 12, 2017 Janice Banks
Mar 11, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Mar 11, 2017 Jim Faulks
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 10, 2017 Jane Johnson
Mar 9, 2017 Alicia .L. Denofrio
Mar 9, 2017 Lanette Rapp
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen Fast food is at fault for this insanity! Learn to cook at home & prevent this disaster world wide!
Mar 8, 2017 Robert Husbands
Mar 8, 2017 Casey Jo Remy
Mar 8, 2017 diana roberts
Mar 7, 2017 Evangelia Avrampou
Mar 6, 2017 Shirley Robinson
Mar 6, 2017 virginie devigne

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