Stop using styrofoam plates and bowls
  • Petitioned Eden Prairie High School Cafeteria

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Eden Prairie High School Cafeteria

Stop using styrofoam plates and bowls

    1. Spencer Tinnin
    2. Petition by

      Spencer Tinnin

      Eden Prairie, MN


It turns out the plates and bowls that my school uses aren't Styrofoam, they're actually made out of corn. I apologize for the misinformation that gave out. I should of gotten more information before making this. I did find out that the owner of my school cafeteria is an enviormentalist, so I'm going to see if I can meet with her and try to help other schools move away from styrofoam and other harmful materials. Feel free to sign and/or share this petition if you want to hear about my progress.


I'm one of the 3,000 students attending Eden Prairie High School, and I have to say it is a very environmentally friendly school. They have recycle bins in each room and hallway, and on most water fountains are spouts to refill water bottles. My school usually uses reusable plastic plates and bowls for lunch, but last week I started to notice how they've started using styrofoam plates, bowls, and take out boxes for salads, some lunches, and most a la cart items for convenience. I think they should set a better example for their students, and stop being wasteful just because it makes your job slightly easier. Sooner or later, we're going to run out of oil and we won't be able to make more. Our schools are perfect places to make sure people don't become dependent on wasteful materials, especially ones that aren't renewable.

Recent signatures


    1. Terracycle

      Spencer Tinnin
      Petition Organizer

      One of you sent me a link to a company, called Terracycle, that takes candy wrappers, writing utensils, and other things that would normally be garbage, and reuses them. I just talked to the head custodian of my school and he agreed I could set up collection bins for it, if I can come up with an organized way of collecting it, so If you go to or work at Eden Prairie and would be willing to help please send me an email with your contact so I can start organizing this and figure out how many collection bins to start with.

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    2. Getting Rid of Plastic Utensils

      Spencer Tinnin
      Petition Organizer

      Last week I talked to the head of the Eden Prairie school district 's cafeterias about using plastic silverware and we made a deal. She said that sometime she would buy metal utensils for the school cafeteria for a month and count them after, and if not to many got thrown away, she would make the switch permanent! The thing that bugged me, though was that the elementary schools metal utensils, because the younger children didn't throw them away, but the highschoolers did! I'm very irritated (and proud) that the 5-year-olds are more responsible than us highschoolers. We need to start being better role models for our younger siblings and friends, and teach them better habbits. Do you want to be remembered as the most wasteful generation of mankind? If we all work together we can change that to the most efficient generation of mankind.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Pastush SAINT SIMONS, GA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I care about the environment

    • Tahlia Haeuser MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      Styrofoam is extremely awful for the environment. Let's finally catch up to the western side of the US and ban all styrofoam use!

    • Hilary Beste ST. LOUIS PARK, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Great work!! The University of Minnesota facilities have a policy where they use reuseable items whenever possible, then recycleables if they must, and the rest compostable. They are at nearly zero waste. What a good example they have created. I work at St. Louis Park Middle School; I want our district to embrace this model as well!!! Thank you. Hilary Beste

    • Jill Bickler MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Schools shouldn't be using disposable anything, what happened to real dishes, when I went to school we had real plates, forks, and glasses, and they washed them afterwords, disposable dish wear, is wasteful...

    • Karl Gerstenberger ST. PAUL, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Styrofoam use externalizes environmental costs and represents outdated thinking.


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