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OSPIRG Students Hold Press Conference Against Polystyrene

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Who: Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), a student-run, student-funded nonprofit organization that trains and mobilizes students to fight for the greener, healthier, more meaningful future that we all deserve (represented by Jesus Ledezma); Nina Friedman, Student Director of The Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS)

What: Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) is hosting a press conference to bring awareness to the 2019 “Wildlife over Waste” campaign and its support of HB 2883, which would bring about a statewide ban on polystyrene, often referred to by the brand name Styrofoam.

When: Monday March 6th, 12:00-1:00

Why: Polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, is a particularly harmful type of microplastic. The United states throws away about 70 million styrofoam cups every day and approximately one third of these end up in waterways. Polystyrene does not break down like organic material. Instead, it photodegrades into smaller particles called microplastics. There is an alarming mass of plastic accumulating in the Pacific Ocean covering three times the surface area of California. This mass is over 99% plastic and changed the biochemistry of the ocean. Only four recycling centers in Oregon advertise that they accept polystyrene cups. While plastic is marketed as recyclable, it is not a simple process.
Where: Rogue River Room, first floor of the Stevenson Union on the campus of Southern Oregon University


March 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR
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