Expanded polystyrene foam, also known as styrofoam, needs to be banned in food service containers in California. We produce over 3 million tons of styrofoam every single year, and use 25 billion styrofoam cups every single year. This means that just California consumes about 3 billion styrofoam cups a year.
If we ban styrofoam in California, it will save thousands of lives every year, human and animals. California has hundreds of endangered species, and banning styrofoam would increase the chances that these species’ populations recover.
Polystyrene foam service ware has become a concern for the environment as well as human health and safety. It is one of the top 10 contributors to environmental litter. It is not biodegradable, is resistant to photo-oxidization, and is difficult to recycle. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program has listed styrene, a chemical found in expanded polystyrene foam, as a reasonably anticipated human carcinogen that can be transferred from expanded polystyrene foam containers into food and beverages that people consume.
We need to save the Earth for future generations. Banning styrofoam will contribute to this effort greatly. California can lead the way in protecting our fragile ecosystems against human pollution. California needs to ban styrofoam food service containers.