Local fifth-grader stymies Styrofoam use

Local fifth-grader stymies Styrofoam use
La Costa Heights Elementary School fifth-grader Mia Hansen, above, with her mother Sara, convinced a national smoothie chain to replace its Styrofoam cups with an environmentally friendly alternative. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — Anyone who knows Mia Hansen, knows that if she wants something to happen, she will put all her high energy and charm toward it until it does. During her summer vacation, the La Costa Heights Elementary School student, a bright and active 10-year-old who loves Jamba Juice smoothies, decided to do something to make the world a better place.The fifth grader started a petition on Change.org urging the national smoothie chain to replace its Styrofoam cups with an environmentally friendly alternative. More than 130,000 people signed her petition and Jamba Juice responded with a firm commitment to do just that.

“I learned all about Styrofoam in science class last year,” said 10-year-old Hansen, who started the Change.org petition. “Styrofoam hurts animals and the Earth. I am so excited Jamba Juice will start using something better in their shops because we should all be doing our part.”

“We went to our neighborhood Jamba Juice for a treat after basketball practice,” said Sara Hansen, Mia’s mother. “Mia was really bothered by all of the Styrofoam that was used. She wanted to make a difference, so she started a petition on Change.org. I’m really proud of her.”

Mia and her mother spoke with Jamba Juice representatives after Mia’s petition gained tens of thousands of supporters.

“I’m really excited Jamba Juice is listening to the little guy,” said Mia. “Before I started my campaign, I couldn’t find any information about when they were going to really stop using Styrofoam. It’s so cool that I can help spread the word, and maybe other places will use something good for the Earth, too.”

“We applaud Mia’s dedication to healthy living and her desire to create a healthier planet, said a company spokesperson for Jamba Juice. “Customer input is a critical part of continuous improvement and we always welcome our fans’ comments and questions. We’ve actually been working with our partners for over a year to create a more suitable and sustainable cup, and were happy to report to Mia that we expect to phase out our use of polystyrene by the end of 2013.”

“I want to thank everyone who signed my petition on Change.org,” said Mia. “Together, we made a big difference for the Earth.”

“Children have discovered a way to amplify their voice by using Change.org to speak out about issues that concern them,” said Corinne Ball, deputy campaign director at Change.org. “Mia Hansen is yet another young voice asking for a brighter future.”

Find out more about Mia’s campaign and sign a petition at change.org/petitions/jamba-juice-stop-using-styrofoam-cups-that-kill-animals.



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