STRAWS had its WORLD Film Festival Premiere APRIL 2017 at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Click here to see upcoming events.
With colorful straw history animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) aims to entertain and inspire action by showing how individuals, groups and business owners around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through awareness, outreach, policy and non-plastic alternatives.
It's estimated that each day in the U.S., humans use over 500,000,000 straws. Ocean Conservancy’s 2014 list ranked plastic straws as the number five most popular found item behind bottle caps, wrappers, and cigarette butts on beaches. Plastic straws aren't recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the tons of plastic debris in oceans.
Director Linda Booker interviews Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, restaurant owners with "Straws by Request Only" policies, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols - renown marine biologist and author, researcher Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Drifters Project artist Pam Longobardi. In Costa Rica, STRAWS filmed turtle researchers Nathan Robinson of the Leatherback Trust and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed a sea turtle with a straw in it's nose. That story inspired 11-year old Max Machum to start the #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor for Costa Rican businesses. Max and other kids around the world are now leading the charge to create a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.
SAY GOODBYE TO A PLASTIC STRAW!
TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP MAKE A SEA OF CHANGE, ONE PLASTIC STRAW AT A TIME
The Last Plastic Straw initiative featured in STRAWS seeks to activate citizens through a grassroots campaign to encourage individuals to push for change in restaurant protocol and practices in their local communities around the world. Many other groups are now starting their own campaigns around the world.
Learn how you can make can take personal action, take a pledge, create a campaign and more with the Plastic Pollution Coalition
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STRAWS is currently screening at film festivals and special events worldwide and will be available soon to educate and inspire your community, colleagues, school and friends. We are happy to announce STRAWS will be distributed with The Video Project. To inquire about using STRAWS for educational and community use in North America - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For other screening inquiries please contact strawsfilm(at)gmail.com