In this episode, the Green Ninja meets the newest villain, Styrofoam Man. He is on a quest to conquer and fill the world with Styrofoam.
Not only does he spread this material that is hard to recycle, but he also is destroying natural habitats on land and sea.
The Green Ninja confronts Styrofoam Man and finds himself defeated. Styrofoam man is very powerful around the world, and it will take a lot more than just the Green Ninja to keep it under control.
What exactly is Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is an expanded petroleum-based plastic that is great for protecting fragile things and as thermal insulation. Food containers made out of Styrofoam are cheap and lightweight, making it an attractive choice for food businesses.
Why should we minimize the use of Styrofoam?
First of all, Styrofoam is a petroleum-based product, which by itself is already unsustainable. Additionally, styrofoam does not biodergrade, creating litter that threatens wildlife, pollutes our waterways, and affects the aesthetics of our communities.
What can I do?
You are limited when most eateries around offer only Styrofoam containers to take leftovers or for their take-out. But here is what you can do:
- Be passive and send a message: you can avoid take-out and be prepared to take leftovers home by bringing your own reusable container, or simply order only what you know you will eat so there are no left overs.
- Be direct and send a message: Contact the restaurant owner/manager and let them know how you feel about styrofoam. Chances are they will consider switching to alternative foodware to please their customers if they can perceive a concern among them.
- The Green Ninja Challenge: If you want to have a long-lasting and effective impact in your community, take it a step further by urging your city’s council members to pass legislation that prohibit the use of Styrofoam foodware at food businesses. It is in the cities’ best interests to decrease litter pollution and ensure their residents’ well-being.
Director: Babak Sarrafan
Producer: Nick Martinez
Supporters: Joyce Almaguer-Reisdorf & Family, Justin Kazmark, Lily Laurence, Lina Prada-Baez, Lisa Bellamy, Meg Janes, Michael Fallon, Nancy Pyzel, Pontus Lurcock, Rebecca Nako, Ryan Mullen.
Title Sponsor: World Centric