Today, NYC officially banned plastic foam (commonly called Styrofoam®). The Department of Sanitation has determined that expanded polystyrene (or plastic) foam is not recyclable. The ban will begin on July 1, 2015!
Thanks to your amazing support, we catalyzed a victorious GRASSROOTS TRASH-REDUCING POLICY DOMINO EFFECT! The giant No-styro puppets played a major role in achieving this victory, aching the attention of media and building widespread awareness of the negative impacts caused by polystyrene. The puppets also gave people a chance to visualize what our garbage actually looks like when amassed. This may have been one of the key factors that inspired both elected officials and people on the street to take action.
The strategy of creating giant data puppets to advocate for change was a remarkable success. Combined with tireless efforts, collaboration, building cross-sector coalitions, and good old perseverance, we beat corporate interests!
We are not stopping. Our next big project tackles yet another seemingly unsolvable NYC waste issue, perhaps NYC's next great garbage challenge.
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NYC's landmark decision to ban toxic and polluting plastic foam products is a huge grassroots victory, but has been a tremendous personal learning experience. I am honored to have received your support at the early stage of this important work.
THANK YOU for helping us to end NYC's polystyrene era! May the domino effect continue!
With sincere gratitude,