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Straws - Educational License

For Libraries, Students, Educators, Administrators, K-12, Colleges, Universities

A Film by Linda Booker

33 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned • Spanish Subtitles • French Subtitles

Grades 5 - Adult || Link to the digital curriculum will be emailed following your order
Item #:STR-1125

Select DVD License (limited PPR included)

K-12 Schools , Libraries - $89
K-12 w/o alcohol references (no French subtitles) - $89
Colleges and Institutions - $145
Colleges (DVD with Digital Site License) - $245
Sparked by research that plastic straws are now among the top-five beach litter item collected, Straws outlines how billions of non-recyclable plastic straws litter streets and wash into oceans.

The film opens with an animated sequence narrated by Tim Robbins which charts the history of straws and notes how plastic is a recent trend in straw production as opposed to earlier sustainable forms, such as metals, bamboo, and paper. It then explores the modern dilemma of these one-time use products as millions are produced to satisfy a wholly artificial demand.

Important questions are raised regarding the use of plastic in straw production, and several environmental scientists lay out how these seemingly innocuous items will end up doing irreversible harm to marine life, the ocean, and eventually human health if the problem continues to build. Sea turtles are frequent victims as they often consume plastics that will not break down in their body or get caught in bags and nets. The researchers who discovered the straw lodged inside the nose of an endangered Costa Rican sea turtle, recount their tale over footage of their viral video.

Alongside scenes of beach clean-up crews, Straws provides alternate, sustainable solutions such as paper, bamboo, or metal straws -- which have cut down costs for local businesses -- and encourages the simple act of refusing a straw when at a restaurant. Empowering tales, from local business owners who have changed their ordering model to middle schoolers who have enacted challenges in their communities, highlight how anyone can take action to help save the world's oceans.

Straws is ultimately a tale about how small actions can lead to big change.


We are proud to offer educators these new NGSS-congruent, peer-reviewed, STEM approved lesson plans developed by Margaret Holzer, PhD, an award-winning veteran science educator and curriculum developer.

The links to the full lesson plans will be sent in an email following your purchase of an educational license

Join the movement TODAY! Host a screening and start the dialogue in your community! Together we can encourage people and businesses across America and the globe to quit using unnecessary, damaging plastic straws.


Linda Booker, the award-winning filmmaker who produced and directed STRAWS, may be available to attend your event and inspire your community, school, or conference. Depending on event location, other experts in STRAWS may also be available.


Jackie Nuñez created the No Plastic Straws movement when she founded The Last Plastic Straw, a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, in 2011. She is a professional kayak guide and lives in Santa Cruz, CA where she teaches people of all ages how to speak truth to plastic and be an agent for change in their communities.

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"My goal for this documentary is to make people think about how small habits can add up to huge impact. Removing plastic straws is a tangible, simple change people and businesses can do that can truly help make a difference."
-Linda Booker

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Straws - Educational License

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