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Straws - Educational License

For Libraries, Students, Educators, Administrators, K-12, Colleges, Universities
Starting at $49

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 - $49
K-12 w/o alcohol references (no French subtitles) - $49
K-12 DVD + Digital File - $99
Colleges and Institutions - $145
Colleges (DVD with Digital Site License) - $245
Sparked by research that plastic straws are now among the top-ten beach litter items collected globally, STRAWS has been lauded as one of “the 5 documentaries to make you rethink single-use plastic.”

Sequences narrated by Tim Robbins chart the history of straws from gold in Mesopotamia to our current disposable convenience consumption of billions of non-recyclable plastic straws every day. STRAWS are one of the single-use items contributing to landfills and the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic waste entering seas annually, taking decades to hundreds of years to break down to microscopic levels now pervasive in bottled and tap water, soils, and even the air we’re breathing.

Environmental researchers, marine biologists, and activists lay out how plastic pollution ends up doing irreversible harm to the ocean, marine life, and eventually human health if the problem continues to build. Sea turtles are frequent victims as they often mistake plastic for food. 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.

STRAWS provides alternate, sustainable solutions such as paper, bamboo, glass, or metal straws -- and encourages the simple act of refusing a straw when at a restaurant. Empowering tales, from businesses saving money by using less single-use plastic to an 11-year old boy who enacted change in his school and community, 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

Are your students inspired by the STRAWS film? Challenge each student to be a film director too! Invite them to create their own 60-second video on single-use plastics. What are single-use plastics? What problems do they cause? What can people do to make a difference? Use this Video Contest Guide to help your students get started in researching, planning and filming their change-making documentaries. Lights camera, action!

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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FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "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

Preview link available upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information
Straws - Educational License
Straws - Educational License

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