I admit it. I am not always perfectly plastic-free. After a busy day teaching yoga, I picked up some lunch on the way to the Bag It office.
Suzanne Beraza, Bag It‘s Director, looked up with a smile that quickly changed to alarm as I put the meal into the microwave to warm.
“Here, take a plate,” she said, grabbing a ceramic one from the table between us. “That is so toxic.”
“That” was a styrofoam take-out container. I did some research and found all the potentially harmful chemicals that styrofoam releases not only into food when warmed, but also into the environment. Read about these here.
Styrofoam is lightweight, blowing into the world’s waterways easily. It’s easily mistaken for food, so it chokes marine life, killing on a mass scale.
Like plastic bags, styrofoam needs to go. California Senator Alan Lowenthal agrees.
“Shaking things up is what California is about to do as it stands to become the first in the nation to pass a statewide ban on expanded polystyrene foam to-go food ware. Senate Bill 568 by Senator Alan Lowenthal is the groundbreaking piece of legislation that can do it. The bill is cosponsored by Clean Water Action and the Surfrider Foundation.” – Huffington Post