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Palo Alto Teams Up with Girl Scouts in Straw Awareness Campaign

The City of Palo Alto Public Works–Watershed Protection joins Girl Scout Troop 60016 in their campaign to end plastic straw pollution and waste!

Palo Alto Teams Up with Girl Scouts in Straw Awareness Campaign

June 2018 update: Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 60016 for receiving their Bronze Award on Wednesday 5/23/18. Together the troop signed up 37 restaurants and four schools to participate in the May campaign!


Did you know 500 million straws are used each day in the United States alone? Plastic straws are among the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. Plastic never disappears, instead it breaks down into tinier pieces that marine life can mistake for food. Seventy percent of all seabirds and 30% of all sea turtles have plastics in their digestive systems. Once an animal eats plastic, their life expectancy lowers by 50%. By the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

How restaurants can help:

  • Stop using plastic straws or take the Girl Scout pledge to provide straws only by request during the month of May. Participating restaurants will receive an educational poster and table tents.
  • Consider switching to  paper straws. Use promotional code “STRAWLESSOCEAN” for a discount on Aardvark paper straws. Their straw selection includes cocktail, boba, shakes, bendee and more.
  • Sign up for ReThink Disposable. The City of Palo Alto provides this free service and a $300 grant to eligible businesses to help Palo Alto restaurants switch to reusable service ware! Learn how Kirk's Steak Burgers and New York Pizza saved an average of $4,000 each year by switching to reusables!

How residents and restaurant patrons can help:

Ask your favorite restaurants to stop using plastic straws and other single-use plastic waste and to check out ReThink Disposable–a free service that helps business reduce single-use plastics. Tell your friends and family about the impacts of single-use drinking straws and other plastic waste. Support these restaurants participating in Drinking Straw Awareness Month:

Schools can participate in Drinking Straw Awareness Month!

Kudos to Fairmeadow, Palo Verde and Ohlone Elementary Schools and Gunn High School for participating in Drinking Straw Awareness Month! To request an educational poster for your PAUSD school, email

For more information:


Brought to you by Girl Scout Troop 60016, with the support of:

Last Updated: April 20, 2018