Conscious Consumers: Lets get rid of Polystyrene in Colorado!
  • Petitioning Jane S. Brautigam
  • Responded

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City Manager
Jane S. Brautigam
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Executive Director of Community Planning and Sustainability
David Driskell
Business Sustainability Specialist
Jamie Harkins

Conscious Consumers: Lets get rid of Polystyrene in Colorado!

    1. Alexandra Brower
    2. Petition by

      Alexandra Brower

      Boulder, United States

"There are three principles that should govern better materials. Firstly, they should be able to be created almost anywhere on the planet. Secondly, they should require considerably less energy to produce than current materials. Lastly, they should be able to be disposed of by nature's wonderful open-source recycling system." Eben Bayer

The following petition is addressed to Colorado State Legislators. I believe that this is a business practice that is detrimental to the environment and action is needed now to stop doing further harm. We can only be effective at a state level when we have the appropriate legislation in order to ban polystyrene foam/polystyrene. We want the State Legislators to lift the state prohibition on local bans of the "use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or products."

Lets get rid of Polystyrene for good in Boulder, and Colorado!  There is absolutely no reason to keep producing polystyrene foam and polystyrene. We need to ban this harmful substance and keep it away from our food and drink!

Polystyrene recycling is not “closed loop” – collected polystyrene cups are not remanufactured into cups, but into other products, such as packing filler and cafeteria trays. This means that more resources will have to be used, and more pollution created, to produce more polystyrene cups.
-”Plastics Industry Grasps for Straws,” Everyone’s Backyard, January/February 1990, Citizen’s Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, p. 6.

polystyrene foam is hazardous to human health. It contains the neurotoxins styrene and benzene, which are widely accepted to be carcinogens. These toxins can leach into food that’s acidic, warm, alcoholic or oily and into the environment after exposure to rain and other weather. This means that it’s critical that you don’t microwave food in styrofoam or put hot food into polystyrene foam containers. Out of an abundance of caution, you shouldn’t eat from polystyrene foam at all.

Also, did you know 57 chemical by-products are released during the creation of Polystyrene? That is a lot of chemicals to safely dispose.

We want to encourage restaurants and establishments to buy eco-friendly choices to eliminate the use of polystyrene foam, that include features such as:
-Manufactured from renewable resources
-Contain biodegradable materials
-Are easily recycled

As environmentally conscious consumers, we can drive the demand and supply! Lets drive down the demand for polystyrene foam! We also want to use this petition as a check on the City of Boulder to make sure they are maximizing their efforts where appropriate. 

By signing this petition, YOU are educating restaurants and other establishments about the health and environmental hazards associated with polystyrene foam! There are great alternatives out there, such as sugar cane based products, recycled paper products and corn based products.

 

The City of Boulder supports the use of incentives and other tactics to reduce Polystyrene! Intentions are great - but action is what we are looking for! We want the City of Boulder to implement protocol to reduce and remove Polystyrene use in Boulder!  We want to use this petition as a check on the City of Boulder to make sure they are maximizing their efforts where appropriate in this matter. But the most change that can happen is from the State Legislator - that is why most of all, we want the State Legislators to lift the state prohibition on local bans of the "use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or products."

 

The state prohibition on local bans we want to lift!

 SECTION 7.  25-17-104, Colorado Revised Statutes, 1989 Repl. Vol., is amended to read:

25-17-104.  Local government preemption. No unit of local government shall require or prohibit the use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or products or restrict or mandate containers, packaging, or labeling for any consumer products.

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We want to see people foster and develop healthy consumer and waste habits, as well as cultural responses that benefit the environment and support petitions like mine. 

Approaching zero waste is a matter of changing the way our culture thinks about waste, use and reuse.

We would like to see restaurants be required to use recyclable containers or compostable take out containers. 

We want to get people to understand their consumer purchasing power and that the waste materials, such as polystyrene, end of in landfills and contribute to the segregation of ecosystems, the environment and is powerful in determining the success of policies which we hope to encourage. 

We need both a proactive government and committed citizens to make this goal achievable.  

Along with these local goals and policies we need to also get to the root of the problem, which is packaging and manufacturing goods that enter the market that are disposable. 

 As a community we should shift our priorities to address these environmental issue that have significant affects to our health and land use. 

It is about aggressive state and local policy, public-private partnerships, outreach and public engagement. 

San Francisco and its Zero Waste Goals and Policies are a shining example of what is possible. 

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Great video of what I hope to do:

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/03/20133572128522944.html

Our Press Coverage Thus Far!

CU student launches grassroots effort to ban use of polystyrene food containers in Boulder

 

Effort growing to ban Styrofoam in Boulder

Boulder Daily Camera

 

Boulder may take aim against Styrofoam

Denver Business Journal

 

Effort growing to ban Styrofoam in Boulder

Denver Post 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. MEETING TODAY! Like us on Facebook!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer

      Please like us on Facebook so we can start discussions and organizing!

      https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoPolystyrene

      Our first meeting is TODAY!
      April 3rd at 5:30 pm at Boulder Public Library
      1001 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302

      Thank you so much for signing my petition! Remember to keep sharing, making smart consumer choices and telling your friends! We have over 1,000 signatures! This is an open invitation! Please feel to bring as many friends, family and invite anyone you think would be interested!

      If you have any questions please email me: alexandra.a.brower@gmail.com

      Hope to see you there!

    3. Like us on Facebook & come to our first meeting!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoPolystyrene

      Our first meeting is THIS Wednesday!
      April 3rd at 5:30 pm at Boulder Public Library
      1001 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302

      Thank you so much for signing my petition! Remember to keep sharing, making smart consumer choices and telling your friends! We have over 1,000 signatures! This is an open invitation! Please feel to bring as many friends, family and invite anyone you think would be interested!

      If you have any questions please email me: alexandra.a.brower@gmail.com

      Get rid of Polystyrene and make healthy consumer choices

      Get rid of Polystyrene and make healthy consumer choices. 28 likes · 10 talking about this.

    4. Like us on Facebook!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer
      Overturn the ban on Plastic and get rid of Polystyrene

      Overturn the ban on Plastic and get rid of Polystyrene. 4 likes · 0 talking about this.

    5. Our First Meeting! Be there!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer

      Wednesday April 3rd at 5:30 pm at Boulder Public Library
      1001 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302

      Thank you so much for signing my petition! Remember to keep sharing, making smart consumer choices and telling your friends! We have over 1,000 signatures! This is an open invitation! Please feel to bring as many friends, family and invite anyone you think would be interested!

      The goals of this meeting are:
      • Meet the fellow community who share this vision and goal
      • Get organized, prepared and learn about how to Lobby at the Capitol!
      • Any other business or questions you would like to talk about
      • Pick a date when the majority of us can Lobby at the Capitol together
      • Bring together our resources and figure out next steps
      • Pick which political leaders we want to lobby to
      • Figure out best ways to contact group members and grow our presence
      • How do we gain more supporters and broaden our reach

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Packaging made from mushrooms?

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer
      US firms turn to eco-friendly packaging

      From disposable spoons produced from corn starch to packing material made out of mushrooms, the industry for biodegradable products is booming. But even as consumers try to go green, many countries are struggling to cope with this new form of recycling. Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Our Press Coverage Thus Far!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer

      <a href="http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/boulder/cu-student-begins-grassroots-effort-to-ban-use-of-polystyrene-food-containers-in-boulder">CU student launches grassroots effort to ban use of polystyrene food containers in Boulder</a>

      <a href="http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_22617326/effort-growing-ban-styrofoam-boulder">Effort growing to ban Styrofoam in Boulder</a>
      Boulder Daily Camera

      <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/morning_call/2013/02/boulder-may-take-aim-against-styrofoam.html">Boulder may take aim against Styrofoam</a>
      Denver Business Journal

      CU student begins grassroots effort to ban use of polystyrene food containers in Boulder

      A CU student launches a grassroots campaign to end the use of Styrofoam containers in Boulder.

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Decision-maker Jane S. Brautigam responds:

      Jane S. Brautigam

      Thank you for you your interest in making Boulder more sustainable. City staff has looked at options for reducing the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam); however, due to the state prohibition on local bans on the “use or sale of specific type...


    12. Reached 25 signatures
    13. Polystyrene Ban in the news!

      Alexandra Brower
      Petition Organizer

      NYC's Bloomberg will call for polystyrene ban in speech today: http://tiny.cc/b5fisw

      "We can live without it, we may live longer without it and the doggie bag will survive just fine," Bloomberg plans to say about polystyrene foam, the New York Times reported.

      Read more from the New York Times: http://tiny.cc/k7fisw

      This shows how important this issue is! Please share this initiative to all of your friends and Family - tweet, post and share!

      I need YOUR help to get 10,000 signatures and to ban styrofoam!

    14. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Katie Mccathy AUGUSTA, GA
      • 5 days ago

      farmland, not landfills!

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    • Dorema Kutner LONGWOOD, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      PLASTIC IS AWFUL! Lets get rid of it now!

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    • Zoe Salway PORTLAND, OR
      • 2 months ago

      Come on now

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    • Hendrith Smith Jr JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 3 months ago

      We have to think smarter in terms of the what and hows in production in our economic system. Biodegradable and recyclable/upcyclable products just make sense.

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    • Joe Keller COLUMBIA, MO
      • 3 months ago

      A progressive state that can lead positive sustainable and environmentally friendly outcomes is necessary to set an example for others

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