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Film Screening: STRAWS


Straws movie poster imageDue to inclement weather on Tuesday, March 20, this event will be rescheduled! Stay tuned for updates.

This free public film screening is hosted by the DENIN Ambassadors, a group of volunteer student leaders who work with DENIN to promote and enhance the Institute's mission on campus and in the community. The event is co-sponsored by Plastic Free Delaware.

The screening will serve as the launch for the Ambassadors campaign to reduce plastic straw use in campus dining facilities and Main Street restaurants in Newark.

The running time is 30 minutes. Stay for the discussion and for more resources after the film!

Americans use an estimated 180 billion plastic straws each year. The 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.


Photo of kids cleaning up a beach littered with plastic strawsWith colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.

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. 

Learn more and view the trailer here at the STRAWS website.

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