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September 26, 2012

Jamba Juice to Go Styrofoam-Free

styrofoam cupsAfter Mia Hansen, a 10-year old from California, learned about Styrofoam's impact on the earth and animals, she began to see it everywhere. When she realized that Jamba Juice uses Styrofoam cups to serve her favorite smoothies, she decided to do start a petition on Change.org. Just three weeks after starting the petition, Mia spoke to Jamba Juice, who promised to stop using polystyrene cups by the end of 2013. 

Jamba Juice is considered a leader in the blended beverages and juices industry. If a company with over 700 locations around the world can make this type of commitment to the environment, others are sure to follow suit. There is another Change.org campaign that is asking Dunkin' Donuts, one of America's largest coffee chains, to do the same.

The Styrofoam issue is an old one, but it is still an important one. Styrofoam takes thousands of years to break down, and can cause serious intestinal problems for animals that accidentally ingest it. Eco-Cradle has come up with biodegradable alternative to the Styrofoam packing that cushions many electronics. California has banned the use of all Styrofoam, including take-out containers, throughout the state. 

How can you cut down on your own Styrofoam use? 

READ MORE:

Can You Recycle Styrofoam?

How to Recycle Foam Plastic

--By Laura Hayden/ image courtsey of iStock/noodlegraphy

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