FREE Film License on Plastic Pollution to Wake County Schools

Lights, Camera, Action!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ocean Conservancy, Wake County teachers of grades 5-12 are cordially invited to register for the S.T.R.A.W.S. Project (Single-use Trash Reduction At Wake Schools) to receive a free license to screen STRAWS, a 33-minute film that they can use in perpetuity. The film focuses on plastic straws that rank as one of the Top 10 most littered items in the world. 

Here is the 2½-minute film trailer that sets the stage for watching STRAWS, a documentary by NC filmmaker Linda (Booker) Royal released Spring 2017. Half a billion non-recyclable plastic straws get used every day in the U.S., ending up in landfills and on streets and beaches. Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins narrates and turtle researchers, community activists and business owners discuss a sea of change happening, one straw at a time. ©2017 By the Brook Productions LLC

Participating schools host a STRAWS film screening, survey viewers’ reactions, and submit students’ 60-second videos that explain the problem of single-use plastics and offer a solution or alternative. The Top 3 middle and high school videos each win $100.  Wake County Schools can register online for the S.T.R.A.W.S. Project at by Wed., March 31, 2021.  For more information, email

S.T.R.A.W.S. Project Sponsors: Ocean Conservancy/International Coastal Cleanup, BY THE BROOK Productions – Linda (Booker) Royal, Wake County Solid Waste Management Division/Feed The Bin, Wake Soil & Water Conservation District/Wake County Big Sweep, and Friends of Wake SWCD.