With colorful straw history animation and narration 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.
David Boudinot started investigating nurdles (plastic resin pellets) after finding them at Willows Beach during a Surfriders beach clean-up in 2016. He has been collaborating with colleague Daniel Brendle-Moczuk from the University of Victoria to map where nurdles are washing up on our beaches and researching the impact nurdles have on the marine environment. Nurdles are used in the production of plastic straws and the fact that we are finding them on beaches throughout Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea points to the impact our consumption and usage of single use plastics can have on the environment. Boudinot is currently a librarian at the University of Victoria.
Carol-Lynne recognizes plastic is a 21stcentury necessary evil. Or something. Regardless, she’d much rather avoid at all costs. Her thorough plastic-avoidance skills were shaped by 2 years living “plastic-free” (2012, 2014). She now lives in a passive house, navigates through each day with her trusty jar and cutlery within reach. She’s proud to have mastered sourdough bread-making and is now attempting kombucha! The “convenience” of plastic is more inconvenient now than ever—saying no feels so good!
Her current work includes speaker and story coaching for individuals and groups, and producing video and web projects at a digital marketing agency. You can also find her once a month on stage co-hosting Confabulation: a place where true stories are told to a live audience.
Paula Romagosa was born and raised in South America and came to Canada to study Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. For the last 14 years Paula has been working for a non-profit aquarium in Sidney, BC taking care of the animals and creating awareness about the amazing wildlife that lives in the Salish Sea, and how our actions directly affect the animals that live there. In 2016 Paula and her husband, Nairn, started The Burlap Shoe: a Zero Waste Project in an effort to help more people transition into a Zero Waste lifestyle. By providing resources and reusable items, and sharing a list of places around Victoria that will allow customers to use their own containers when shopping, they hope to make it easy and convenient for people to reduce the amount of waste they produce.