Ban Styrofoam Take-Out Containers in Bremerton!

Ban Styrofoam Take-Out Containers in Bremerton!

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Meredith Dunne started this petition to Kevin Gorman

With biodegradable take-out containers cheaper than ever, now is a great time for restaurants and cafes to do away with Styrofoam and adopt greener alternatives. It would roughly cost 10 cents more per container to switch to a compostable option which is relatively marginal over the course of a business year.

Styrofoam (or EPS) is harmful to the environment, animals and even the people who use it. Beth Terry, author of My Plastic-Free Life, wrote this fantastic guide explaining just some objections to using it:

  • It does not biodegrade. It may break into small pieces, even minuscule pieces. But the smaller EPS gets, the harder it is to clean up.
  • It is made of fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals. Those chemicals may leach if they come in contact with hot, greasy or acidic food. Yes, they keep your coffee hot – but they may also add an unwanted dose of toxins to your drink.
  • Animals sometimes eat it. Turtles and fish often mistake EPS for food, and that can kill them. Not only can they not digest it, but the foam could be full of poisons that it has absorbed from contaminants floating in the water.
  • It can’t be recycled. Some commercial mailing houses may accept packing peanuts, but for the most part community recycling centers do not accept throwaway foam food containers.

Please help us do our part for our beautiful peninsula in Puget Sound!

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