Everyday in the US alone, half a billion non-recyclable plastic straws get used once and tossed, ending up in landfills and littering our streets, waterways and beaches. But they don't have to!
Join Toward Zero Waste and Greenish Neighbor at The Cary Theater for a FREE screening of the award winning documentary STRAWS, followed by a panel discussion exploring this issue and ways Cary residents and restaurants might find alternatives to single-use plastic straws.
6:00 pm — Doors Open and Social Hour (cash bar)
7:00 pm — STRAWS Documentary Screening
7:30 pm — Panel Discussion
** Tickets must be reserved for admission to this FREE event. **
About STRAWS, the documentary:
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.
RT 33 min. For more information about this film, visit strawsfilm.com.