Florida is plagued with a frightening problem.
A problem that’s catastrophic for the environment and detrimental to your health.
Are you aware that Styrofoam never decomposes?
Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. It’s a petroleum-based plastic that once used and disposed of, stays in our environment forever.
Plastic bags are causing another horrific environmental crisis. Disposable plastic bags may be convenient but are a massive source of man-made pollution.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around one trillion disposable plastic bags are used each year and less than 5 percent are recycled!
In the United States, we use over 380 billion plastic bags yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create. Plastic bags remain in landfills, forests, and oceans for at least 450 years!
Plastic bags are especially harmful to Florida’s oceans as they trap, suffocate, disfigure, and cause death to marine animals.
Both Styrofoam and plastic are light enough to float in water, which can be seen as food sources to some aquatic life. Therefore, the environmental impact of Styrofoam and plastic is disastrous.
Manatees, fish, and even land animals can mistake these materials for food, which can harm or kill them. For example, a floating plastic bag may look like a jellyfish to a hungry sea turtle.
For this reason, we created this project called Update the Sunshine State.
Although Florida is famously known as "The Sunshine State," when it comes to solar energy and sustainability, Florida is embarrassingly lackluster.
Florida is a state of breathtaking beaches, endless sunshine, and beautiful wildlife. However, Florida is horribly unsustainable.
Plastic bags galore, Styrofoam packaging everywhere (seriously people, are we stuck in the 80's!?), minimal solar power usage, businesses not recycling, etc...
It goes without saying that the state of Florida is in need of a progressive and forward thinking movement in the area of environment and sustainability.
This is why our mission is to upgrade the sunshine state. Banning Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags is the first sustainable step. We invite you to join our mission.
Here’s What you Can Do:
* Please sign and share this petition
* When at a restaurant, request the use of safer, more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives
* Bring reusable bags to the grocery store
* Use a reusable coffee mug
* Ask your employer to remove Styrofoam and plastic, replacing them with washable, re-usable materials
* Share this information with your family, your friends, and your co-workers
* Get involved locally! Talk to your town’s mayor. Email your area’s senator. Reach out to Governor Rick Scott
Your local, regional, and state officials need to know you care about Florida’s sustainable future.
Update the Sunshine State is NOT a political project. This dire environmental issue exists whether you believe or disbelieve in global warming and/or climate change.
Truth of the matter is, if we don’t take action NOW, Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags will continue to destroy our precious environment, beautiful oceans, and entire ecosystem. Let your voice be heard!
Whether or not you live in Florida, please sign and share this petition. Sign it for the sea turtles and manatees. Sign it for the panthers and ospreys. Sign it for your children. Sign it for future generations.
We all share the same living space; Earth - the place we call our home. Please, let it be known that you care.