A fourth-grade class at Wallingford Elementary School has changed a restaurant policy at Uno Pizzeria & Grill that will help the environment, writes Kevin Tustin for the Daily Times.
UNO will now issue drinking straws upon request only at its over 100 stores. The policy change will save an estimated six million single-use plastic drinking straws from being disposed, reducing harm to marine life.
The class earned a free pizza party June 14 and a visit from UNO President and CEO Jim Ilaria.
“They had aimed them (their letters) to my heart and my business mind,” said Ilaria, a former employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The students sent essays to Ilaria asking for the policy change after researching the subject. They chose the restaurant because they wanted to reach a company near the Wallingford school community.
In late May the class visited Gov. Tom Wolf at the state Capitol when he issued a proclamation declaring June 1 “Skip the Straw Day.” The proclamation was supported by state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161 of Swarthmore.
The class has also been trying to get a local municipal ban on plastic bags.
You can read more about the class environmental work here.