California Moves to Ban Styrofoam

May 25 2011


CA S.B.568, proposed by Senator Lowenthal, prohibits food vendors from distributing prepared food to customers in polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers. The bill would take effect on January 1, 2014 and would be a major step towards cleaning up California and the world’s oceans.

Polystyrene foam is a major environmental issue. It’s low cost and widespread use contribute to significant environmental problems. We all see it when walking curbside on a busy street or along the beach. It is everywhere.

The main issues concerning polystyrene is that is it non-biodegradable and uneconomical to recycle. Styrofoam is lethal to animals and is one of the main components of plastic debris found in the ocean. Aside from being toxic to marine wildlife, it degrades painstakingly slowly. About 500 years for 1 cup. Yes, that’s right, 500 years!

Research shows that about 80% of ocean trash starts on land, causing negative effects on the environment especially that of marine life. Plastics are the main cause of litter and marine pollution around the world. S.B. 568 is key to creating a unified California against polystyrene pollution.

So, what can we all do to support this bill? Contact your local Senators to influence legislation as a constituent! Give them a call or send an email to urge the support of CA S.B. 568.

Or you can sign our petition to Stop Trashing The Oceans! It is quick and easy way to show support. http://www.seathos.org/give-the-ocean-a-voice/.

All in all, CA S.B. 568 marks the longtime effort made to reduce the use of polystyrene foam in the environment. The bill is already supported by countless environmental groups and needs to be passed in order to create a statewide policy.

The more polystyrene is used, the more the ocean is filled with debris and plastic pollution. Help us prohibit the use of non-recyclable plastics.

Show your commitment and give the ocean a voice!

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