Ban polystyrene food and drink containers in Scotland
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In 2014 a total of 28,500 tonnes of Styrofoam was produced and 90% of this became single-use cups, trays, containers and packaging products.
But there are strong links between polystyrene, cancer and environmental pollution.
Enjoy a takeaway? Styrene, a component of polystyrene is a possible carcinogen. It puts both those who make it and those who eat food contained in it at an increased risk of cancer, respiratory and nervous system problems.
The detrimental impact on the environment is also huge. The manufacturing process releases harmful compounds such as Benzene, polluting our air, water and land. It can take more than 1 million years for this harmful product to decompose and there is currently no viable method of recycling.
New York and San Francisco have banned the use of polystyrene food and drink containers in favour of paper and reusable containers.
Scotland should join these progressive cities. I urge the Scottish government, in particular Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, to ban the use of polystyrene food and drink containers across the country and hope you support me to make this happen.
We have one planet. Let's respect it.
Photo courtesy of Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Special Thanks To The Plastic Pollution Coalition for the support.
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