In the late 20th and early 21st century, there has been a global movement towards the phase-out of polystyrene foam. Full or partial bans of expanded polystyrene foam have been enacted nationwide in many countries around the world. Why? We could name various reasons, but the main one is YOU.
Yes, polystyrene foam is non r4ecycable or biodegradable, which makes it…. Well, not great for the environment, and anything bad for the environment is bad for you. As we have mentioned before, we only have one planet, and if we don’t care of it, where will we live? What will we eat?
As of 2021, three U.S. states have passed legislation to ban polystyrene foam. Maryland was the first state to institute a ban which went into effect on October 1st, 2020. In Maine, a ban on polystyrene foam went into effect on July 1st, 2021. Vermont passed a ban on polystyrene 2019, which went into full effect on July 1st, 2021.New York’s ban will go into effect on January 1st, 2022. New Jersey’s ban on polystyrene foam was passed in 2020 and will go into effect on May 4th, 2022.
Colorado’s ban on polystyrene foam was passed in 2021, with the ban going into effect on January 1st, 2024. Virginia’s ban on polystyrene foam takeout containers was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2021 and will go into effect for large businesses by July 2023 and for small businesses by July 2025.
And what is all of this supposed to mean? That finally the world is catching up. That there’s is a chance. More and more companies are re thinking their packaging. More and more consumers want better solutions at low environment cost. We will find better paths and create a better world, we just have to work together and go by it, one goal (or state at a time). There’s no time to waste when finding better solutions.