Styrofoam Takeout Containers Need to Go

 
Aug 12, 2011
By Beth Gunston

Living in the Bay Area can be like living in a bubble – it may be a glass or a biodegradable bubble, but I can rest assured that it is not Styrofoam.  That’s because many cities in my area have taken the initiative to ban polystyrene takeout containers. 

Unfortunately, when I travel outside my community, I’m reminded that Styrofoam, or polystyrene foam, is still commonly used.  What’s worse is that this reminder often comes in the form of visual cues along the sides of highways, in gutters, and on beaches.  That’s right – I’m talking about the high volume of Styrofoam litter. 

California has an opportunity to say “no” to Styrofoam containers for prepared food with Senate Bill 568 (Lowenthal). 

This is a no-brainer.  Many companies shipping packages have ditched Styrofoam peanuts for more sustainable alternatives that do the job just as well.  Now it’s time for the restaurant industry to make the switch. 

The reasons to abandon Styrofoam are numerous.  Here are just a few that I dug up:

TAKE ACTION

Learn more about SB 568 – the Styrofoam takeout ban – and contact your representative in support of SB 568.

 

 
 
 

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