Straws Film


Mission Statement

The STRAWS Film in Schools Impact is focused on K-12 schools, with the goal of reaching 250,000 students across the U.S. with free screenings and NGSS/STEM/STEAM action lesson plans for K-12 schools that are provided free with the educational version of the film.
This film is fundamental to students because it shows young viewers what they can do to rid themselves, family, schools and restaurants of plastic straws and other single-use plastics that pollute waterways and oceans. Students are provided with clear take-aways: Plastic is made of fossil fuels, it is ingested by, harms and kills marine animals and causes pollution worldwide,with an average of 8 million metric tons of plastic going into oceans every year. They learn about alternatives to using plastic straws and that they can contribute to plastic pollution reduction by refusing single-use plastic items when possible.


STRAWS is an award-winning 30-minute documentary film by Linda Booker that highlights the devastating levels of non-recyclable straws and other plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans. In addition to entertaining, the film inspires immediate action by illustrating how individuals, groups and business owners around the globe are reducing single-use plastic through their individual actions, education, outreach, environmental stewardship and policy change.
The documentary includes interviews with 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. On location in Costa Rica, Turtle researchers Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, tell the story of the rescued sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nostril that went viral in 2015. That story inspired middle school age student Max Machum to start #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor and shows how a person of any age can join a movement around the world to make a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.
The 30 minute format is ideal for K-12 classrooms, allowing time for screening, Q&A, discussion and survey results in a one hour period. Students learn about the history of straws through light-hearted opening animated sequence, which establishes a fun and upbeat tone. Interviews and stories are integrated well with graphics throughout The students see first hand the suffering of marine life through the famous footage of a plastic straw being pulled out of the turtle’s nose, which creates an emotional reaction that induces the desire to make change. Students in the film are featured in discussion about plastic pollution and alternatives, and the general tone is family friendly and delivers numerous facts in an entertaining and digestible way. The film is a great example of edu-tainment.

Program Details

With EarthX Films we launched the STRAWS in Schools Dallas pilot in 20 schools in 2018. With the success of the Dallas screening surveys, the L.A. Impact Producer secured funding for school screenings in LA Schools in the spring of 2019. Screenings took place in different 35 schools by June 2019. A total of 6,500 students watched the film with 140+ classrooms attended a screening event with a speaker in attendance. The results were outstanding with 91% of survey respondents indicated that they agree or strongly agree that they have a better understanding of the problem of plastic pollution, and 89% said that they agree or strongly agree that they are more aware of how their actions affect the natural environment
We now seek to recreate these successful regional campaigns focusing on North Carolina in the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is to offer 100 free screenings for NC public schools or Boys and Girls Clubs with filmmaker Linda Booker and speakers from community NGO partners. We're partnering with the NC Aquarium to provide two free workshops this fall for NC teachers offering Environmental credits to teach how to use the lesson plans.
Plastic Pollution Coalition (1% for the Planet non-profit) and Plaine Products (1% for the Planet Business Member) underwrote the NGSS/STEM/STEAM action lesson plans for K-12 schools that are provided free with the educational version of the film. Our fiscal sponsors are The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows and Southern Documentary Fund for tax-deductible contributions.
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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