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SODEXO: Please replace the styrofoam at UALR with biodegradable products!

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One of the most harmful materials on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the styrofoam found in dining locations across campus, specifically at the Diamond Cafe, the Commons Market, and the Trojan Grill. Since styrofoam doesn't naturally breakdown in the wild, styrofoam is accumulating throughout the campus environment and in the parking lots, and is subsequently harming the wildlife and greenery in the area.

A group of friends and I have reached the solution to replace this styrofoam on campus with naturally biodegradable products from These products are made of miscanthus, a type of grass grown and used for producing containers and packages and other items. Some of the benefits of these biodegradable products are:

-they are microwaveable and freezer safe

-they can be used for hot and cold foods and drinks

-they are soak proof

-they do not contain plastic or wax lining

-they handle hot liquids of up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit 

-they meet the standards for commercial use and also meet FDA regulations

-they are gluten free

-they decompose quickly


The only issue is that UALR's dining products are paid for by and through Sodexo, one of the largest catering companies in the country.

By signing this petition, you can help us persuade Sodexo, with the help of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, to pick an environmentally friendly alternative to styrofoam, and in turn help the community and surrounding ecosystem.


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