Costa Rica Bans Styrofoam As Its Rain Forests Flourish Again

The tiny Central American country is hitting climate goals.

Costa Rican officials approved a law that will prohibit the use of polystyrene, commonly known as styrofoam.


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The law will crack down on the distribution, marketing or import of polystyrene, according to Q Costa Rica news. Costa Rican officials said the law will go into effect 24 months after news of it passing is disseminated in La Gaceta, the government newsletter

"This initiative is a giant step for public health, the environment and the economy of the country because styrofoam generates great pollution,"  PAC legislator Paola Vega said in a statement on Twitter.

Earlier this week, the World Economic Forum also announced that Costa Rica has more than doubled its rainforests over the last few decades. Costa Rica achieved the milestone by restricting logging permits and created a forestry commission to safeguard the forests. As the forests grew back, the economic opportunity also returned to many of the impoverished villagers and communities living in the forest that relied on it for natural resources.

In tandem, the pieces of news reflect major breakthroughs for Costa Rica as it continues to try and lead the way on environmentally-friendly policy initiatives.

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