School / organization: INSTITUTO ESCUELA DEL SUR
Delegation leader/ teacher: Carmen Larrondo Sayavedra
Students: Antonieta Aguirre Oviedo, Yuliana Gonzalez Dotor, Elián Sebastián López García, Masha Natalia López Lameda, Valentina Padilla Suárez.
Partner organization: SECRETARÍA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y RECURSOS NATURALES
Project title: CAMPAIGN TO AVOID THE USE OF EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE (EPS)
Expanded polystyrene (EPS, star foam, or unicel in Mexico) is a type of plastic made of the pre expanded polystyrene, generally used for construction and food packaging. EPS is a highly contaminant product that doesn’t degrade in nature.
It’s made from styrene. When EPS gets hot, it leaves very toxic dioxins, long exposure to it can affect the immune system, produces cancer and affects the hormonal system. While higher up is an animal in the food chain, more concentration of dioxins has in its system.
Mexico produces 125,000 tons per year, from which it is estimated that only 1% is being recycled.
In different parts of the world, including Mexico, multiple campaigns suggesting the reduction or the searching to avoid the total consumption of EPS in our lives have been released. However, Mexico City is not within these places and that is why we have decided to start a program where the main objective is raising awareness within our classmates and families, later on expanding to more people in our neighborhood, including merchants, restaurants and schools to reduce the consumption and to explain the high risk and affectations generated because of this product.
We decided to start at our school, chatting in each group and conducting a survey after the talk to know how aware they were about the issue and conducting a second survey to observe the changes we achieved. Later, we will approach "sister" schools and the rest of the local community.