a documentary for a sea of change
one plastic straw at a timE
©2017 By the Brook Productions, LLC
©2017 By the Brook Productions, LLC
Award-winning STRAWS is "Thought-provoking...raises important environmental issues and reinforces the positive effects of grassroots advocacy." -Booklist CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
"I highly recommend STRAWS as an educational and entertaining film about plastic pollution." - Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes)leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.
It's estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They're non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.
Director Linda Booker interviews Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, restaurant owners with "Straws by Request Only" policies, renown marine biologist and author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, researcher Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Drifters Project artist Pam Longobardi. In Costa Rica we meet Turtle researchers Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed the removal of a plastic straw in a sea turtle's nose that went viral in 2015. That story inspired middle school age student Max Machum to start #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor and join a movement around the world that's making 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
INSPIRE your COMMUNITY or SCHOOL to take action about Plastic Pollution with a STRAWS Film Event!
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“Emphasizes how plastic detritus pollutes not only the land but also the ocean as it makes its way into the food cycle of avian and sea creatures...The message of plastic straw damage is stressed...Emphasizes the need to curtail the habit of using this non-essential plastic utensil by educating the public and purveyors of its danger.”
- NSTA Recommends
“A fantastic dive into the absurdity of plastic straws. With an opening sequence narrated by PPC supporter and actor Tim Robbins and interviews with PPC allies Wallace J Nichols and Jackie Nunez the film is both an educational resource and a call to action.”
- Dianna Cohen
Co-founder and CEO
Plastic Pollution Coalition
“I highly recommend STRAWS as an educational and entertaining film about plastic pollution. It's brisk and engaging storytelling uses humor, fairness, and heart to inspire plastic use changes we all can do...especially no plastic straws!”
- Ed Begley Jr
Actor and Environmentalist
“Evidence was clearly and fairly presented, and spoke for itself...Many [students] went home and told their parents and siblings to stop using plastic disposable straws immediately!”
- Hillary Kasbarian
Ursuline Academy of Dallas