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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 14, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Apr 14, 2018 Kay Birkinshaw
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 10, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Apr 9, 2018 Mary Sier
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 Ellen McConnell
Apr 6, 2018 Kim Johnson
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Redmond PLEASE! They (all types of companies), must learn to comply as well! If you want to "MAKE AMERICAN GREAT, again, start NOW!!!!!!
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Candice C
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 5, 2018 Cindy Stein
Apr 5, 2018 Maria Sicari
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 2, 2018 Theresa Boisseau
Apr 2, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 1, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 29, 2018 Susan Martin Let's face it, the TRUMP EPA is NOT going to do anything to help any land animals, marine life, pollution, climate change, endangered species - - anything good they are against. Its a perversion what is going on & they need to go. VOTE DEM IN NOVEMBER!
Mar 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 27, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 27, 2018 Andre Meaux
Mar 27, 2018 Margaret Randall
Mar 27, 2018 Quentin Fischer
Mar 27, 2018 Cecilia Furnish
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 anthony mcguinness
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Margaret Brown
Mar 25, 2018 stacy brainard
Mar 25, 2018 Dr John F Doorish
Mar 25, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Mar 25, 2018 Kim Chavez
Mar 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 23, 2018 Nancy Schmidt
Mar 23, 2018 Helgaleena Healingline
Mar 23, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Mar 23, 2018 Susan Diller
Mar 21, 2018 Sarah Valeri

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