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Ban the sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards

Submitted by Andrew Cross on Thursday 4th February 2021

Published on Thursday 11th February 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 11th August 2021

Current Signatures: 4,558
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Britain ~ fish ~ Miles ~ Nature ~ Ocean ~ Sale ~ Thousands ~ Threatening ~ tidy ~ UK ~ White

Petition Action

Ban the sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards

Petition Details

According to the Keep Britain Tidy report, over 16,000 cheap polystyrene bodyboards are discarded on UK beaches annually. These boards often snap and become unusable within minutes of use. When discarded, polystyrene crumbles into small white polystyrene balls, threatening our natural environment.

Additional Information

These boards are made from a block of standard unrecyclable block of expanded polystyrene wrapped in brightly printed plastic cloth, are sourced from abroad and transported thousands of miles only to often snap within minutes of use. They create an unnecessary carbon footprint and nature threatening waste. Once in the ocean, polystyrene attracts algae adding enough weight to cause the nuggets to sink and present itself as food to fish which could enter the human food chain.


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