Styrofoam...

It’s that spongy stuff that makes up your takeout coffee cup. But did you know that the polystyrene coffee cup lid—or top—is made from the same thing? Both Styrofoam and polystyrene are made from styrene, which is a known to cause cancer in animals. Styrene can migrate from containers into food and drinks when it comes in contact with fatty or acidic foods—like your coffee or take out.

Polystyrene is extremely difficult to recycle and is even banned from many recycling programs because of contamination problems—the Environmental Protection Agency reports that less than 4% of this plastic is recycled. As we found in our Plastics BAN List study, [link] polystyrene is one of the most common forms of plastic pollution in the environment. What’s the answer? Go #foamfree!

People are pledging to go #foamfree by avoiding products that contain polystyrene and taking action to ban it in their communities. But industry is fighting back with preemptive bans—state laws that prohibit local municipalities from passing any legislation to limit the use of plastic “auxiliary containers.” In other words, they ban the possibility of any plastic-related bans—on plastic bags, trawls and polystyrene. These preemptive bans take away your right to protect our environment.

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In addition to going #foamfree, many consumers are taking action by voting to ban polystyrene in their communities—in California, more than 100 cities and counties recently passed ordinances prohibiting its sale and distribution. Usually, these bans only cover Styrofoam, but some even include polystyrene products, like cutlery and coffee cup lids. Take a look at the map to see where bans are passed or pending, then follow our steps to get involved!

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In some communities, the plastics industry is fighting back with preemptive bans—state laws that prohibit local action on specific, often environmental, initiatives. Here’s how you can kickstart or support a ban in your area.

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Check the map: Drop your zip code to locate local bans and resources on how to get involved.
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Start a petition and share with your community, making sure to hashtag #foamfree and share on social so we can add your action to our map. (One Click)
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Host an event to gather signatures.
  • Talking points (Download)
  • #plasticfree event guide (Download)
  • #foamfree fact sheet (Download)
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Schedule a meeting with your representative* to share your petition and kickstart a ban in your community. Here are some resources to share:
  • Talking points (Download)
  • Conversation outline (Download)
  • Powerpoint (Download)
  • #foamfree fact sheet (Download)
  • Sample Environmental Impact Reports (Download)
  • Sample Polystyrene Ordinances (Download)
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Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of the polystyrene ban. (One Click)
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Want to take it one step further and start your own ban? Download our Campaign Planner. ((Download)
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Share your actions on social media with the #foamfree hashtag, so we can amplify to our community.
* If you’re in a college campus, reach out to TK. Even if you’re in a pre-emptive state, because colleges are self-regulated, they can still ban polystyrene! (Source and credit Surfrider: http://www.surfrider.org/pages/polystyrene-ordinances; Californians Against Waste) sample: http://www.bagtheban.com/in-your-state

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How to start a dialog with restaurants.

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You: Hi! Did you know that this [cup/lid/takeout container/ plate/cutlery] is made from polystrene?
Them: No, what’s that?
You: It’s basically the same thing as Styrofoam, minus the air.
Them: Okay...
You: It’s pretty toxic stuff.
Them: Great, are you ready to order?
You: It gives animals cancer.
Them: And I care because...?
You: Humans are animals.
Them: Oh. Right.
You: There are tons of alternatives out there--from paper to foam made from mushrooms. Ask your distributor!
Them: Cool! I’ll look into that.
You: Great. I’ll have a coffee. Can you put it in my reusable cup?
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