Straws: Documentary inspires sea of change on plastic straws

Straws is a short film which aims to show how plastic straws are contributing to plastic pollution and empowers people of all ages to be part of the solution.

Straws may seem small and insignificant on their own, but they add up and leave an impact on a global scale.

Over 500,000,000 straws are used once and get tossed each day in the US alone.

Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the number five most popular found item on beaches and the vast majority of them aren’t recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

Straws, directed by Linda Booker, features colourful animation to relay the history of the straw, restaurants operating “straw by request policies”, and interviews with campaigners including The Last Straw’s Jackie Nunez and middle school student Max Machum, who started the worldwide #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor movement for change.

Straws are such a simple thing to make a personal change about, and alternatives are readily available, such as paper, metal and bamboo.

Straws is being shown in cinemas and schools throughout the US. For screenings, visit the Straws website.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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