The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf

Why is Styrofoam Still Ubiquitous – At Our State Capitol?

March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I visited the PA state capitol in Harrisburg to lobby for better environmental protections with Moms Clean Air Force, I found the meetings and press conference to be impactful and powerful. But one strange circumstance that left me feeling less powerful was the image of thousands of styrofoam food containers stacked up in all manners across the official capitol building cafeteria. Not only is it the vessel for takeaway meals, but it is the only option for plating your on-site meal. Having a roasted portobello mushroom? You are carving that knife straight into some carcinogenic plastic. [caption id="attachment_10888" align="alignnone" width="480"] Yum.[/caption] Styrofoam (also known as polystyrene) is a type of plastic manufactured from non-renewable fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals. It is not biodegradable, cannot be recycled, kills animals who consume it, and leaches chemicals into the food and beverages it contains - especially hot...

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