Demand Panda Express Stop Using Styrofoam Containers

Target: CEO’s of Panda Express, Andrew and Peggy Cherng

Goal: Ban the use of Styrofoam food containers in all Panda Express restaurants

The Chinese fast food chain, Panda Express, serves countless people every day, and sells customers their meals in a Styrofoam box. The disregard for the impact this type of container has on the environment must be acknowledged and stopped. It is crucial that they distribute their food items in environmentally-friendly containers.

The first Panda Express was opened in 1983 and quickly became one of the most loved and eaten at Chinese fast food establishments in America. Operating almost 1,500 restaurants located throughout the Unites States and Puerto Rico, this chain provides low prices and a large array of menu options.

Styrofoam is a petroleum-based product formed from a type of plastic known as polystyrene. One harmful effect polystyrene has on the environment is that once it finds its way to a landfill, it sticks around for upwards of 500 years, covered under tons of other garbage, taking up large amounts of space, and unable to decompose. Another negative factor in the use of Styrofoam is the process of how it is made. Petroleum is a non-sustainable heavily polluting resource that not only depletes the ozone layer, but increases energy consumption significantly as well.

The earth is not the only victim of Styrofoam. When people eat out of these containers, most are unaware that the toxin Styrene leaches into their food after the chemical comes in contact with the oils and acids in the hot food.

The synthetic chemicals Styrene and Benzene both used in Styrofoam are known carcinogens, putting those who eat out of a container made of these cancer-causing substances at risk for severe health problems. Tell Panda Express to stop allowing the use of Styrofoam food containers to be distributed to this company’s customers in order to keep our bodies and environment free from these toxins.


Dear Andrew and Peggy Cherng,

Panda Express is a thriving fast food chain that many Americans buy from each and every day. While the company is providing fast service at very affordable prices, the environment and human health are being affected. The use of Styrofoam in food containers is only adding upon the tons and tons of non-biodegradable materials piling up in landfills around the world.

Not only does the petroleum-based plastic used to make Styrofoam, polystyrene, add to increased energy consumption of non-renewable resources damaging our air and environment, it also poses many health risks to humans as well. Benzene and Styrene are two synthetic toxins used in the making of Styrofoam and when they come in contact with the hot food, they leach out dangerous carcinogens and chemicals.

Please take action on this issue and begin the reduction, and ultimately the elimination of, the distribution of Styrofoam food containers.


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