Whether on Facebook, Twitter or email, some may have seen Bonaventure House’s most recent online campaign: Project Green Kitchen. This campaign on ThePoint.com, a social action website, is an effort to support not only our residents, but also to be better stewards of our Earth!
Here’s the goal: to replace Styrofoam dishware and plastic flatware with more recyclable and reusable materials. In order to do this, we are raising at least $3500 in order to purchase paper cups, ceramic dishware and silverware. To serve our residents, paper cups are 195% more costly per year than Styrofoam cups!
Why is it so important?
- The use of Styrofoam for everyday kitchenware is unsafe for the person using it, and after disposal, hazardous to the environment.
- Disposed Styrofoam acts as a greenhouse gas and contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer.
- Styrofoam is Non-biodegradable. The cup tossed into the trash today will still be in a landfill hundreds of years from now, taking up to 500 years to break down.
- Some health effects of eating and drinking food from Styrofoam containers:
- § Low platelet counts or hemoglobin values
- § Chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities
- § Neurotoxic effects due to accumulation of styrene in the tissues of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, resulting in fatigue, nervousness, difficulty sleeping
- § Other acute or chronic health problems associated with the nervous system
Join our campaign on ThePoint.com and share with your friends (on Facebook and Twitter or by email)! Our campaign can only reach its goal with your help. Together we can “green” Bonaventure House!