Fifth-Grader’s Petition Prompts Jamba Juice to Stop Using Styrofoam Cups
While most 10-year-old kids were out just having fun in the summer, Mia Hansen from Carlsbad, California started a campaign on change.org petitioning the national Jamba Juice chain to stop using Styrofoam cups to serve drinks. On her petition, she wrote:
“I’m 10 years old and when I was at Jamba Juice a couple of weeks ago, I ordered a smoothie and they gave it to me in a styrofoam cup! The person behind me ordered yogurt and they gave her yogurt in a styrofoam container, too. That’s just ridiculous. It bothered me so much, my mom encouraged me to start a petition.
Styrofoam takes so long to break down into the Earth. In the ocean, several animals think that this product is food, so when they go to eat it, the styrofoam can kill them!
Also, did you know 57 chemical by-products are released during the creation of styrofoam? That is a lot of chemicals to safely dispose.
Jamba Juice does not use styrofoam cups in some cities where the city doesn’t allow it, like Seattle. If they do that there, they can do it everywhere!
Will you ask Jamba Juice to stop using styrofoam in all their stores?”
Within weeks and after more than 134 thousand supporters have joined in Mia’s petition, Jamba Juice has decided to stop using Styrofoam cups in any of their stores by the end of 2013.
As treehugger.com puts it – it’s hard not to be humbled that it was the simple wisdom of a child which spurred Jamba Juice into action. And, in the end, perhaps that realization is more powerful than any one cause — something the 10 year old seems to understand quite well herself:
“It made me feel like anyone of any age in any country can really make a difference in the world.”