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News - April 20, 2018

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PAPER OR PLASTIC?... It's official. Come May, you may see more restaurants switching to paper straws and displaying educational materials about the impact of plastic straws on marine life as Palo Alto marks "Plastic Straw Awareness Month." The movement was launched by Junior Girl Scout Troop 60016, which includes 12 fifth-graders from three local schools and a seventh-grade co-leader, who gave a presentation at Monday's City Council meeting and are now making the rounds at local restaurants, community organizations and events to spread knowledge and paper straws. Mayor Liz Kniss received a handful from the troop on Monday after they detailed their progress to date, which includes a website that allows local restaurants to register for the campaign (in return, they will receive support in the form of educational posters, table tents and information about where they can get paper straws). The troop reported that The Counter on California Avenue has already signed up. Paly senior Michaela Fogarty, who is studying the impacts of plastic straws on the environment, joined the Girl Scouts Monday in making the case against plastic straws. Most people don't think drinking straws are a huge problem, Fogarty said, and this ignorance leads to a huge global problem of plastic contamination. "Every day in the U.S. we use enough plastic straws to wrap around the world two-and-a-half times," Fogarty said. "So, it's a huge problem. And this plastic waste isn't recyclable and it doesn't degrade in the environment, but continues to impact our ecosystems and our own health." It remains to be seen how many restaurants have signed up, but the Girl Scouts scored one victory Monday. After their presentation, the council agreed to pass a proclamation declaring May as the month for straw awareness.

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4 people like this
Posted by Karen Fitzpatrick
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

The Girl Scout's Campaign... This is the Last Straw is picking up steam! They Added: Local Union 271, Nola, Dan Gordon, Old Pro and all Nine Bay Area The Counter Restaurants to their list of participants!!!

3 people like this
Posted by DonnaH
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Thank you City Council for making May Drinking Straw Awareness Month! If any restaurants would like to register their support, they may do so here: Web Link

3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm

When I was a child, all straws were paper. I just don't see them anymore. Pleased that they are coming back.

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