Ban Poisonous Styrofoam Containers in Highland Park ISD Schools

Ban Poisonous Styrofoam Containers in Highland Park ISD Schools

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Reva Rao started this petition to School Board and

My goal is to ban all non-recyclable plastics and styrofoam used in the Highland park school cafeterias. This issue is relevant to every family that lives in Highland Park and cares for the environment. HP still serves food with plasticware and styrofoam packaging. This is unacceptable.

Styrofoam causes serious health issues, like cancer. The carcinogenic chemicals in styrofoam are released into food and drinks, and overtime can build up in the human body causing health issues that are irreversible.

Styrofoam occupys 25-30% of landfill space across the world. When exposed to sunlight, styrofoam creates harmful air pollutants. Because styrofoam does not break down naturally, the only way to get rid of it, is to burn it. Unfortunately, burning styrofoam has extreme repercussions on the environment, as well as people. The black smoke produced by the burnt styrofoam is carbon monoxide. High levels of carbon monoxide can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning. Bustling cities such as New York City and Washington, D.C have banned styrofoam. If they can do it- why can't we?

Banning styrofoam is just one step that HP needs to take on the path to becoming a completely environmentally friendly school district. I believe that Highland Park can become an environmental role model for other schools in the Nation, just like it is a role model in sports, academics, and honor. 

 

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