While various American jurisdictions and even entire states have passed bans on styrofoam no state government has made a statewide prohibition. But that could change, Hawaii could become the first state to do so.
The styrofoam — AKA polystyrene — packaging that many restaurants use on the mainland is a serious environmental issue, but in Hawaii, they are a disaster. The one-time-use material doesn't biodegrade and can pollute the ocean and shores, water quality, marine life, and tourism. Lightweight polystyrene foam is particularly worrisome in an island state such as Hawaii because it easily blows out of trash cans and eventually out to sea.
To combat this danger, the Hawaiian legislature has introduced Senate Bill 2498.
The bill wouldn't ban all styrofoam but it would prohibit the use of the material in food packaging. And since styrofoam is so commonly used by Hawaiian restaurants it could make a huge difference. Especially, considering the fact that polystyren is the most visible plastic material commonly seen at sea. Help Hawaii kick its styrofoam habit by signing this petition and telling the legislature you support the styrofoam ban.