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Large backpack Puppets made from used styrofoam lunch trays parade on NYC streets as a visual metaphor to heighten public awareness
Large backpack Puppets made from used styrofoam lunch trays parade on NYC streets as a visual metaphor to heighten public awareness
55 backers pledged $3,362 to help bring this project to life.

NYC BANS PLASTIC FOAM - A CREATIVE GRASSROOTS VICTORY!

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Dear Friend, 

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.

Stay tuned. More puppets are coming! If you are not yet on our Cafeteria Culture mailing list, please sign up here. We will not crowd your inbox.

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,

Debby Lee

More NYC plastic foam ban details here->

VICTORY! - NYC unanimously votes to ban styrene foam

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NYC City Hall Rally for foam ban bill, November 25, 2013- Giant No-styro puppets and 5th grade activists from Cafeteria Culture's ARTS+ACTION program at PS 34 M in NYC.
NYC City Hall Rally for foam ban bill, November 25, 2013- Giant No-styro puppets and 5th grade activists from Cafeteria Culture's ARTS+ACTION program at PS 34 M in NYC.

 Dear No-Styro Puppet Supporter,

Yesterday, New York City Council unanimously voted to ban toxic and polluting styrene foam! This landmark decision puts another nail in the coffin of toxic styrenes. It's a victory for our health and our future! (read the news here)

And earlier this year, NYC School Food, in alliance with 5 of the largest school districts in the U.S., issued a request for bids (RFP) for school food compostable plates. This contract will eliminate 2.9 MILLION polystyrene foam school trays used per day!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for helping to make all this happen! The giant No-styro puppets played a critical role in convincing NYC elected officials, government agencies, and the public that polluting styrene does not belong in our school cafeterias, our city, our oceans, or our lives! (read more at CafeteriaCulture.org)

I apologize for being way behind on sending your backer reward. Please email with your mailing address to receive your reward. I am hopeful that styrene foam will soon become an artifact!

Wishing you a happy foam-free holiday season!

With sincere gratitude,

Debby Lee

No-Styro puppets are huge hit on NYC streets!

See the fantastic 2 minute video of the puppets  on the streets of NYC! It was a  completely inspiring day and super successful ! We captured the attention of thousands of people on the styrofoam school tray issue!

To all of our Kickstarter backers: a HUGE THANK YOU! We are extremely grateful for your generous support and for making these puppets a reality! This is just the beginning of our Alternative Messaging Campaign and your support made it all possible!

A special thank you goes to the incredible Atsuko Quirk from our CafCu team, who shot and edited this great video! Thank you to the hardworking and dedicated Cafcu team and volunteers who constructed, animated, and transported the puppets: Brianna, Diana, Deb S, Mia, Anna, Maria, Victoria, Joanne, Helen, Jack, Artie, Kristie, John, Sara, Io, and Hattie. 

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Puppets Are Built and Ready to Hit the Town

Today the No-Stryro Puppets and the CafCu team will take to the streets! We'll walk through several parks in Manhattan and end up at the Green Festival NYC at the Javits Center.

Follow on Twitter @CafeteriaCu for location updates and photos from our walk. Many more photos and videos to come.

Thanks to everyone who has made this project possible. We appreciate each and every one of you.

With many thanks,

Debby Lee and the CafCu Team

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Great Start, Thanks and Twitter

Dear Backers and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has backed our No-Styro Puppets on our first day! We are so pleased by the show of support and we appreciate you.

To see the No-Styro Puppets in action follow us on Twitter:

@CafeteriaCu

When the No-Styro Puppets and CafCu Team take to the streets we'll tweet out our location and photos this Saturday, April 21st. Our puppets will march from the Green Festival at the Javits Center to various locations around NYC. Keep checking our tweets for updates!

With many thanks,

Debby Lee and the CafCu Team