Target: San Francisco Board Supervisor London Breed
Goal: Thank the city of San Francisco for banning the sale of Styrofoam based on its damaging effects on the environment.
Polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, has been banned from the city of San Francisco by a unanimous vote from the board of supervisors. It’s been declared the toughest anti-Styrofoam law in the nation, prohibiting all cups and packaging made from the material, with plastic foam craft material and insulation being the only exceptions.
Styrofoam is popular because it’s such a cheap material, but it also poses a unique threat to the environment. It can’t be easily recycled and it takes centuries to naturally decompose. Styrofoam cups, plates, packing peanuts, and other materials have overloaded landfills as people throw away 25 billion to-go drink cups made from the material every year.
They can also end up in marine environments where they fall apart and take the appearance of fish eggs that are appealing to predators. Not only can this clog up their digestive system, but the foam actually makes animals feel full when they eat it even though it has no nutrition, leading to malnutrition.
It’s long been common knowledge that Styrofoam is bad for the environment, but cities and states have been reluctant to ban the material due to its affordable nature. Hopefully, San Francisco’s ban will show that there are plenty of recyclable or biodegradable alternatives and businesses won’t fail without it. Sign our petition to thank the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors for this tough ban.
Dear Ms. Breed,
I wanted to thank you and the entire San Francisco County Board of Supervisors for your unanimous vote to ban nearly all forms of Styrofoam from being sold in the city. Bans on this not easily recyclable material that takes centuries to decompose have been slow to emerge despite the fact that its threat to the environment has been well-established.
It’s my hope that your work will stand as an example for other cities, counties, and states that are worried about the financial costs of a Styrofoam ban. You can show them that there are plenty of affordable alternatives that won’t fill our landfills, streets, and water with this polluting material. This ban will also help protect marine animals who often mistake broken up Styrofoam for fish eggs.
I appreciate your commitment to the environment. Please continue your hard work toward a zero-trash city.
[Your Name Here]
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