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In the wake of an August 23rd article in the Manila Standard Today, titled “Bill Banning the Use of Styrofoam Pushed”, Jonas Insurance Advisors discussed the possible benefits of a nationwide styrofoam ban.

Following a Manila Standard Today article published on August 23rd, discussing the possibility of a nationwide styrofoam band, discussed the potential benefits both business and consumers might see as a result of the ban. The article, titled “Bill Banning the Use of Styrofoam Pushed” announced the existence of the bill and its alleged contents, citing a health risk as a major source of concern.

In Maricel Cruz’s article discussing the arrival of a bill propositioning a styrofoam ban, she announced both the bill’s presence and its contents. The bill aims to remove the use of styrofoam containers from all fast food chains and restaurants, including cups and to-go containers, in order to preserve the environment and prevent potential hazards to health. The bill argues that styrene, one of the largest components of Styrofoam, is a known carcinogen, and can cause severe health issues after prolonged exposure. The bill hopes to prevent future illness, and keep styrofoam containers from ending up unrecycled and unable to break down in landfills.

Though styrofoam may seem a harmless construction—even fun, as a child when playing in packing peanuts —it contains a known carcinogen called Styrene. The bill proposing a nationwide ban of styrofoam in food service establishments hopes to eliminate both health hazards presented by styrofoam use, as well as eliminate unwanted masses in landfills. This bill comes in the wake of many similar bills recently passed in the United States, tackling the problem of styrofoam through targeting food service establishments and their use of styrofoam in food storage products. Though the bill, and others like it, is certainly ambitious and is a step in the right direction, discussed the possibility of ceasing the production of styrofoam altogether; removing styrofoam from food service establishments is a noble goal, though the overall goal of removing styrofoam as a whole seems to go ignored. Styrofoam bans do not take into account the presence of styrofoam ice chests, cups, plates, and bowls sold in bulk in most grocery stores, rendering the move behind banning styrofoam in food service industries lacking in power. Officials should consider a halting of styrofoam production, or a halt, until better, less harmful materials can be found and a substitution for styrofoam can be made. Banning styrofoam as a whole, rather than simply in fast food chains and restaurants, will ensure that the health benefits and environmental benefits are widely felt.

Maricel Cruz is a staff writer for the Manila Standard Today, contributing her pen to stories involving political issues and tragedies. Her affiliate, the Manila Standard Today, is an online news source targeting overseas audiences with news in the Philippines.

Many regions, including the Philippines and the United States, have enacted bans prohibiting fast food chains and restaurants from using styrofoam containers as a means of food storage and delivery. Though acknowledged the progression of these steps, questions arise as to why the food service industry is being targeted rather than manufacturing plants producing styrofoam. urged readers to consider their health and the health of the environment before purchasing styrofoam products, opting instead for healthy, sustainable and recyclable resources.

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