Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
8 May 2019
A Styrofoam ban is a no brainer
Maine is banning Polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. Good riddance. It can’t be reused, it’s difficult to recycle, it’s not biodegradable and manufacturing it impacts air quality and the ozone. We badly need a Styrofoam ban.
Because, why the hell is this crap still around?
Years ago, McDonalds packaged its burgers in Styrofoam containers. Even then, it did not seem like a good choice to me. I am completely obsessed with coffee, and I won’t drink it out of Styrofoam cups.
Maine represents the first state to institute a statewide Styrofoam ban. Maryland is passing similar legislation and a similar ban in New York City went into effect at the first of the year. Ten other states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have legislation pending. Given the much more environmentally friendly substitutes for coffee cups and to-go food service containers, it remains a head scratcher why there isn’t pending or passed legislation in the other states.
Maybe it has something to do with windmills causing cancer.
“But a Styrofoam ban should become law just like the banning of aerosol hair spray.”
A Styrofoam ban marks just one step
I bring this up not because I am some kind of militant environmentalist or Donald Trump. I do try to make environmentally thoughtful choices. But a Styrofoam ban should become law just like the banning of aerosol hair spray. Styrofoam has been slow to ban because of petroleum money in politics. Also, we still have a large segment of Americans (and politicians) who think the environment is the next generation’s problem.
At Stealing Share, we deal with precepts, fundamental beliefs that drive human behavior. Because we are human, we are always conflicted, believing things that often seem to contradict others. For example, I bet if you were to ask people if taking care of the environment is important, most would agree. However, if you ask them if it was their responsibility to take care of the environment, less would agree.
At our cores, we are all conflicted and I think that the environmental debate is a clear demonstration of that. But a Styrofoam ban is a no-brainer.
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