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‘STRAWS’ documentary advocates for elimination of plastic straws

By Staff | Mar 20, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Plastic straws are rarely recycled and often end up in the ocean, where they cause injury, illness and death to wildlife.

“STRAWS” wraps up the sixth annual free “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series on April 4 at 1 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

An official selection for film festivals around the world, “STRAWS” is a 30-minute documentary about plastic straw litter and how we can effect a sea of change – one straw at a time. It points out that U.S. consumption of straws in a single day could circle the earth 2.5 times.

With colorful straw history animation and segments 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.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free seven-film, biweekly series with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is free, but limited and on a first-come basis.

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For full descriptions of the films, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.