Styrofoam is one of the crappiest, most environmentally unfriendly materials out there. It doesn’t biodegrade for decades, it’s mistaken for food by wildlife, and it’s utterly pointless. In the modern era, in which we’re well-attuned to the massive resource shortages, the stupidity of single-use products made with nasty chemicals, and the ever-brimming landfills, there’s not really much of a case to be made for Styrofoam.
So California is moving to ban it. Its Senate just passed a bill that would make it illegal to sell the stuff: Starting in 2016, restaurants and stores would no longer be able to sell Styrofoam products.
Sacramento news channel KTLA has the story:
The state Senate passed the bill on a 21-15 vote prohibiting vendors from using polystyrene containers. The ban would apply to restaurants and grocery stores and become effective July 1, 2016. Schools would have to comply by July 1, 2017.
Environmentalists say banning the containers would help reduce waste issues, taking decades to break down … Styrofoam is often mistaken for food or prey by seabirds, marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles. Over 50 cities in California have already enacted their own ban on polystyrene.
This makes California the first state to move towards enacting such a ban. Let’s hope that more are forthcoming, and that this archaic material is on its way out …
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