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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


May 22, 2017 Karen Coll
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Garbage.....our legacy is becoming that. Stop manufacturing a product that causes so much damage.
May 21, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
May 21, 2017 Brandon Juhl
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Urszula Lund BAN THIS CARCINOGENOUS ATROCITY !!
May 18, 2017 Michalla Sutton
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 16, 2017 Terrie Matson
May 14, 2017 Cindy Zatlokowicz
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2017 Justina Lane
May 11, 2017 sjef jansen
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2017 Lix Tuls
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Robert Keiser
May 9, 2017 Stephen Moyer
May 7, 2017 Patricia Chow
May 7, 2017 Martin Henz
May 6, 2017 Andrea Beltrami
May 5, 2017 Thao Vu
May 5, 2017 Perri Sussman
May 5, 2017 Jameson Sachs
May 4, 2017 Sandra Jesionek
May 3, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 1, 2017 Dr Sandra Schneider
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2017 Veronique Ciesielski
May 1, 2017 jude lotz
Apr 30, 2017 Helene Szczepaniak
Apr 28, 2017 Arnaud Henseval
Apr 27, 2017 Jennifer Hale
Apr 26, 2017 Edmond Ciesielski
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)

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