Stop using styrofoam coffee cups on flights
  • Petitioned United Airlines

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United Airlines

Stop using styrofoam coffee cups on flights

    1. Dominique Kalata
    2. Petition by

      Dominique Kalata

      San Francisco, CA

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February 2014

Victory

Dominique Kalata: United is stopping using styrofoam cups on flights, starting in March!

I got a tweet today from United saying:

"@dominiquekalata Hi, we've replaced our Styrofoam cups with an Eco-friendly alternative. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1d32oOj . "

The new cups, according to United, are made of 50% recycled materials and are fully recyclable.

Thank you everyone! We showed that when people come together we can made a difference and positively influence change. I'm sure all of us, working together, helped move things along at United.

Paper coffee cups are used by millions of businesses (including the thousands of coffee shops in America), are biodegradable and compostable / recyclable. Styrofoam is harmlful for people and the environment.

Other airlines use paper cups. Why won't United?

Styrofoam lasts forever and doesn't break down. It's also lightweight and floats in water and is considered the main component of trash in the ocean. Also, the chemicals that make up styrofoam are incredibly harmful. 

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services , added styrene -- the chemical used in the manufacture of Styrofoam cups and food containers -- to its list of substances "reasonably anticipated" to cause cancer. Styrene has also been linked to nerve damage and hormonal disruption.

Paper doesn't have any of those negative effects. Tell United to switch to paper coffee cups!

To:
United Airlines
Stop using styrofoam coffee cups on flights

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ken Carrigan BROCKTON, MA
      • 9 months ago

      iT SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE THAT PAPER IS A LOT LESS POLLUTANT.

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    • Deborah Rickman BEACHWOOD, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      I care about the chemicals making their way into our food!

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    • Herman Bezuidenhout SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Environment

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      • 9 months ago

      Styrofoam doesn't decompose like paper and can't be recycled.

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    • Blake Kelsey MARSHALL, WI
      • 9 months ago

      Styrofoam is useful as a durable building material but has no place as a disposable dining product. Unfortunately, it still seems to be favored, even by Boy scout groups who should know better but continue to favor styrofoam, presumably because it appears to be available at lower cost. However, it's borrowed savings, because once it is manufactured, it is a burden on our planet for an extended period of time, i.e. it consumes landfill space, leaches toxins, creates aesthetic pollution, and cannot be burned without producing even more potent toxins. Paper, by contrast, can be burned for fuel, recycled, biodegrades quickly in optimal conditions, and is produced from highly renewable resource. Styrofoam should be a regulated material, used only for durable products.

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