Maggie Joyce, a 10th grader in Brookline, Mass., wants people to use less polystyrene. Because her dad, Brian Joyce, happens to be a state senator in Massachusetts, Maggie Joyce got a chance to speak out on the topic in the state legislature yesterday, and to be featured in this story from the Quincy, Mass., Patriot Ledger. The headline, "Senator's daughter targeting Styrofoam," is what really caught my eye. According to the story, Maggie Joyce asked her father to propose a bill that would give towns across Massachusetts the option to ban polystyrene foam products.
Maggie, a tenth-grader at the Dexter School in Brookline, had been studying recycling with her class and became concerned after learning that polystyrene foam - known mainly by the trademarked Styrofoam - is made with petroleum. ‘‘This isn't so much about banning Styrofoam in the Commonwealth as it is about educating consumers about the detrimental impact of polystyrene on the environment, and asking individuals and corporations to seek alternative options,'' Brian Joyce said.Does this remind you of the late 1980s, when kids protesting and picketing McDonald's restaurants eventually convinced the company to drop the PS foam clamshell, even though the recplacement package was environmentally inferior?