STRAWLESS OLYMPIA PRESENTS: STRAWS & PLASTIC PARADISE W/ POST-FILM PANEL
Strawless Olympia and the Capitol-Olympia Chapter of Surfrider Foundation presents:
Straws & Plastic Paradise
Friday, April 13
6:00PM doors / 7:00PM show
$5 general and members
Post-film panel includes speakers from LonelyWhale Foundation’s Executive Director, Dune Ives; Surfrider Foundation’s Casey Dennehy, the WA coast programs manager; The Ikkatsu Project Director Ken Campbell; The Pacific Shellfish Institute Biologist Katie Houle; and Spencer Orman, Senior Program Specialist, City of Olympia, Waste Resources.
Tickets available at the box office at 6:00PM the day of screening.
With colorful straw history animation narrated 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.
Dir. Linda Booker / 2017 / English / 32 min
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.
Dir. Angela Sun / 2013 / English / 57 min
Strawless Olympia: 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States. Unfortunately, plastic straws can’t be recycled and because they are light weight, they end up in our marine environment. Did you know that all the plastic ever made is still on this planet!? Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it only photodegrades, which means it breaks down into smaller pieces, called microplastics. Our ocean is now full of all kinds and sizes of plastic, but its the microplastics that get mistaken by marine animals to be food. Marine animals either die from malnourishment due to bellies full of plastic, but also die from the toxins in plastic. Come and watch two informative documentaries and ask questions of the amazing panel and of course join in this peoples movement to #stopsucking by refusing the single-use plastic straw when you go out to restaurants!
Programming made possible from donations by CompassRose, i.talia pizzeria, Mantra Hair Design, Aardvark paper straws, 1pieceeach.org, strawsleeves.com,