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目标:多余的鸟类, fish and other wildlife from the harm caused by needless plastic pollution by banning take-out plastic foam cups and containers.
Every day people are throwing away of single-use cups, containers and other plastic “stuff.” Among the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam (the stuff most of us call Styrofoam), 永远不会完全退化. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. 这就是为什么 we’re calling on state leaders to ban take-out foam cups and containers.
  • <h4>PLASTIC POLLUTION HARMS WILDLIFE</h4><h5>It’s easy for a bird, fish or turtle to mistake small pieces of plastic for food—especially when there are millions of pieces of it floating in our waters, forming enormous garbage patches in our oceans.</h5><em>terrysartifacts / Pixabay</em>
  • <h4>POLLUTION THAT LASTS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS</h4><h5>Polystyrene foam breaks apart easily, but it persists in the environment in tiny particles -- and every bit of it ever made is 仍然存在 and could continue to threaten wildlife for hundreds of years to come.</h5><em>wk1003mike / Shutterstock</em>
  • <h4>CITIES, COMPANIES ARE TAKING ACTION</h4><h5>From Portland, 俄勒冈州, 波特兰, 缅因州, plastic foam bans have passed in over 200 cities and other communities. 麦当劳 will phase out foam cups and containers worldwide by the end of this year. We're calling on our state to join them.</h5><em>Portland, 缅因州 / Jeff Gunn</em>
  • <h4>ACTION WE CAN TAKE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW</h4><h5>Our national network won the first 全州禁止使用塑料袋 and have won similar bans in communities across the country. Now it’s time to make single-use plastic foam a thing of the past.</h5><em>staff photo</em>
一个代价高昂的错误

对鸟,鱼或者乌龟来说, it’s easy to mistake a small piece of plastic for food—especially when there are millions of pieces of plastic floating in our rivers and ultimately our oceans.   

Scientists have found plastic fragments in literally 数百种, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44%的海鸟种类, and 43% of all marine mammal species. Ingesting these fragments is often fatal. Animals can starve when they ingest too much plastic that they can’t digest. When animals ingest plastic waste, it can block their digestive tracts. 结果,他们饿死了. Toxic chemicals in plastic can harm animals’ health—and people can ingest these chemicals as they make their way up the food chain.

Pollution that lasts for hundreds of years

Scientists are still documenting the scope of plastic pollution and investigating its effects. But for decades we’ve known that one of the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam, the kind used in foam cups and take-out containers, 我们大多数人称之为泡沫聚苯乙烯.

Polystyrene foam breaks apart easily, but it persists in the environment in tiny particles—and every bit of it ever made is 仍然存在 and could continue to threaten wildlife for hundreds of years to come.

Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our rivers and oceans for hundreds of years—especially when we don’t really need it. 这就是为什么, 和我们的全国网络一起, we’re calling on more than 25 states to ban take-out foam cups and containers.

超越塑料污染

Of course, there are plastics companies that don’t like this idea. Earlier this year, their opposition helped 阻止一项法案 banning plastic foam containers 在加州.

但是在全国各地, plastic foam bans have passed in over 200 cities and other communities, 从波特兰, 矿石.到缅因州波特兰. Some companies are also getting with the program. 到今年年底, 麦当劳 will phase out foam cups and containers worldwide, in favor of 100% recycled materials. It’s time to take this effort to the next level, but we’re going to need all the support we can find.

Our national network has won similar efforts to reduce waste and plastic pollution, from statewide pro-recycling laws to the first 全州禁止使用塑料袋 在加州. We know how to combine professional research and advocacy with citizen support to get results.

现在就行动

Moving beyond plastic foam is something we can do right now, right here. 如果我们赢了, we’ll see a difference in cleaner beaches and parks, and we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, 湖泊和海洋.

让我们选择野生动物而不是废物. Tell our governor and lawmakers to ban plastic foam take-out cups and containers.

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