Plastic pollution is severely harming the planet, causing many species to go extinct and in consequence threatening many ecosystems. Action needs to be taken, and fortunately, we are slowly seeing progress, or at least commitments to progress. Countries like Canada and Panama are working towards eliminating single-use plastic products and plastic bags, respectively. Cities like Los Angeles and New York are also banning plastic products that are harmful to the environment. Companies like Tupperware, Dove, Carlsberg, and Dasani are also making similar changes.

There are certain plastic products though that aren’t necessarily getting as much attention as they should be. Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene (a form of plastic), is a very harmful plastic product that is often used by restaurants for storing takeaway meals.

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This material is especially harmful for coastal states because iStryt is not biodegradable and it enters the ocean affecting water quality and harming marine life. But it’s an issue everywhere, not just coastal states. It still does not break down completely, only breaking down to microplastics.

There has not been a statewide ban anywhere on styrofoam yet, despite the fact that the planet needs us to pass such a ban. Only jurisdictions have been able to pass bans, and recently the city of Baltimore passed a ban.

You can speak up by signing this petition and contacting your local state representative to let them know how crucial it is to introduce a ban on styrofoam.

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