A Call To School Cafeterias: Swap Out Styrofoam Trays for Compostable Ones!

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Styrofoam is not biodegradable and seemingly lasts forever. It is resistant to photolysis, the breaking down of materials by photons originating from light. This combined with the fact that styrofoam floats means that large amounts of polystyrene have accumulated along coastlines and waterways all around the world. It is considered the main component of marine debris.

Alternatively, those who work in styrene product manufacturing have experienced health effects due to exposure to high levels of styrene, including the following:

  • Irritation of the skin
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Irritation of the upper respiratory tract
  • Gastrointestinal effects

Chronic exposure to styrene includes effects on the nervous system. Symptoms of chronic exposure are listed below:

  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Minor effects on kidney function

According to the EPA, Americans trash approximately 25 billion products of styrofoam a year. Compostable food services and packaging is an “ecologically correct” option. Compostable containers are made, using cornstarch, palm fiber, peat fiber and wheat stocks; and they’re able to break down into soil-enriching compost.

Join us in the effort to save the environment one tray at a time!

Sincerely, 

Bridie, Ella, and Gianna 

 



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