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Source: Missy French

How A Girl Scout Troop Helped Pass Local Legislation On Single-Use Plastics


Never underestimate what a group of determined Girl Scouts can do. In the tiny Pennsylvania town of Narberth — population 4,353 — GSEP Troop 7885 played a crucial role in passing an ordinance that curbs single-use plastics. The law places a 10-cent fee on plastic shopping bags and bans plastic straws, unless requested by a customer with disabilities, making Narberth the first town in the state to restrict these disposable plastics.

How did the girls shepherd this landmark legislation into law? Green Matters spoke with their troop leader Missy French to find out. By French's account, what started out as a typical Girl Scout "Journey" — the GSA term for the thematic guidebooks that help the girls choose projects and earn merit badges — snowballed into civic action after her second and third grade Brownies learned about ocean plastics. Here's how they won the unanimous support of the Narberth borough council: