Applaud School Districts for Switching to Compostable Plates


Target: Chairman of the Urban Food Alliance, Eric Goldstein

Goal: Praise school districts for switching from plastic lunch trays to compostable plates.

School districts in cities such as New York and Orlando are teaming up to replace the plastic lunch trays that students use with compostable plates. These plates are eco-friendly, and will teach children to respect and love the planet that they live on. Sign this petition and tell the chairman of the Urban Food Alliance that you applaud this switch.

School districts from New York, Orlando, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas, and Los Angeles are teaming up to replace the plastic school lunch trays with compostable plates. With over 2 million students enrolled in their schools, this is a significant decision for the environment. The new trays are easier for the students to hold, are round, and include compartments for side dishes and other items.

The polystyrene trays that were previously used take hundreds of years to degrade. They also release pollutants into the water and air, further harming our environment. An estimated 225 million plastic trays end up in landfills every year. The new compostable plates are made out of newsprint material, allowing them to break down in a few weeks. The new trays are also comparable to the amount of money used to make the plastic trays. One tray costs .49 cents, while the plastic versions were .40 cents.

The Urban Food Alliance hopes that other schools will catch up and replace their plastic trays with compostable ones. Thousands of pounds of food waste end up in the landfill, and thousands more come from plastic waste. The alliance is currently working on compostable utensils in an effort to teach kids the importance of renewable energy and waste management. Sign this petition and praise the Urban Food Alliance for their commitment to protecting our planet.


Dear Chairman Eric Goldstein,

The Urban Food Alliance has replaced the plastic trays served in several school districts with compostable trays. These trays are made from newsprint, and will break down in a matter of weeks. I am extremely grateful that there are schools committed to saving and protecting the environment from harmful chemicals and items. I am also relieved that schools are trying to teach students the importance of recycling and renewable energy.

I sincerely hope that other schools around the nation will catch on, as food waste from schools fills up landfills. The issues of our environment and our food are ones that affect everyone, no matter how old they are. Please encourage your students to recycle and support renewable energy. Thank you for switching to a green alternative in the cafeteria, and I hope your students will appreciate this decision.


[Your Name Here]

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