After more than 130,000 people signed Mia and Sara's petition on Change.org, ten-year-old Mia and her mom secured a public commitment from Jamba Juice to completely stop using Styrofoam cups and switch to an environmental alternative by the end of 2013. Mia, who started the petition asking her favorite smoothie shop to stop using Styrofoam, spoke with company representatives for Jamba Juice after tens of thousands signed her petition. She was even invited to join the Jamba Juice's WOW program as a "junior ambassador."
Mia says, "Thank you all so much for signing my petition to get rid of Styrofoam at Jamba Juice and for your meaningful comments. Your words made me feel so good. It made me feel like anyone of any age in any country can really make a difference in the world. Jamba Juice responded to me within three weeks of starting this petition! I spoke with them on the phone and they just sent me a letter that says very clearly that they will not have polystyrene cups in any of their stores by the end of 2013. Can you believe it??!!! Thanks, again, guys -- We Won!!!"
I'm 10 years old and when I was at Jamba Juice a couple of weeks ago, I ordered a smoothie and they gave it to me in a styrofoam cup! The person behind me ordered yogurt and they gave her yogurt in a styrofoam container, too. That's just ridiculous. It bothered me so much, my mom encouraged me to start a petition.
Styrofoam takes so long to break down into the Earth. In the ocean, several animals think that this product is food, so when they go to eat it, the styrofoam can kill them!
Also, did you know 57 chemical by-products are released during the creation of styrofoam? That is a lot of chemicals to safely dispose.
Jamba Juice does not use styrofoam cups in some cities where the city doesn't allow it, like Seattle. If they do that there, they can do it everywhere!
Will you ask Jamba Juice to stop using styrofoam in all their stores?