In 1990, three young girls from Freeport, NH were concerned about the amount of styrofoam in local rivers. After talking with local businesses and community leaders, they decided to focus their efforts on passing a city ordinance to ban polystyrene food containers. In the end those young girls prevailed. Freeport passed an ordinance replacing polystyrene, fast food companies moved away from the use of styrofoam containers, and the Pew Charitable Trusts was inspired to start a nonprofit, Earth Force, to replicate the girls’ experience across the country.
Since that time, Earth Force has helped over 300,000 young people become environmental citizens.