GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

Hoping to highlight the dangers plastics present to the world’s waterways, local grassroots initiative GreenTown Los Altos is scheduled to host a free screening of “STRAWS” Jan. 17 at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.


The 2017 award-winning documentary short illustrates the impact of non-recyclable beverage straws and other single-use conveniences and reveals how consumers around the world are working to reduce their use for the betterment of the environment, according to GreenTown.

“STRAWS” (33 minutes) is directed by Linda Booker and narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins. The film won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental Film at the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.

Americans use an estimated 500 million drinking straws each day – enough to fill 125 school buses every day, according to the National Park Service.

The film screening begins at 7 p.m. but doors will open and refreshments will be offered starting at 6:30 p.m. A panel of experts, including Tim Giacomini of Mission Trail Waste Systems, will lead a post-screening discussion.

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