Hold the Foam
Not to the surprise of our readers the Styrofoam question is a much easier one for us. The main use of single use Styrofoam is to keep hot food hot. That is precisely where the trouble begins. Styrofoam breaks down when heated. It leaches chemicals that cannot be broken down by the body and has been linked by the EPA with enough health risks to make it a bad choice for take-food. If that was not bad enough single use Styrofoam is almost never recycled. Arlington County has no mechanism in place to recycle Styrofoam, even though it can be recycled, so the only place it can go is in the trash. When we say it will never goes away we mean it. You will store it in your body, eat it in your seafood and breath it into your lungs. Single use Styrofoam is an offense to everything in nature including you.
The ban on single use Styrofoam should be a much simpler transition, it benefits everyone. Restaurants will sell more takeout, because customers prefer to eat food without the risk of contaminates. The tax payers win because there will be less waste in our trash cans. The environment will benefit because Styrofoam does not biodegrade.
What can you as consumers do to help. Reward business that employ sustainable practices. Ask the hard questions. Does your business recycle? Does your business use products made of recycled and natural materials? Why would you serve in Styrofoam? If they don’t know the risks tell them. If they don’t switch to a healthier option, stop going there. Take the pledge to eliminate Styrofoam from your diet and support the ban on plastic bags and single use Styrofoam.