City to Screen Documentary Straws


Local residents can take advantage of a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Straws on Wednesday, May 30, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library. The audience will also hear from Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, about how Alameda is leading the straw-free movement. Nunez inspired Alameda’s student movement to eliminate plastic straws (and now all plastic food ware) in Alameda.

The 30-minute film narrated by Tim Robbins highlights the impact of plastic pollution and how communities across the nation, like Alameda, are making a difference. Alameda is an island impacted on all sides by marine litter, mostly single-use plastic food packaging. Last year, Clean Water Action’s ReThink Disposable selected Alameda for its groundbreaking community-wide project, Unpackaging Alameda. More than 40 restaurants on the Island have been recruited to reduce disposable food ware in favor of reusables already. The program seeks to recruit at least 60 more.

Nunez is expected to present an award to the City of Alameda at the screening. ReThink Disposable Youth Ambassadors (local high school students) will present new findings, celebrate the ReThink Disposable restaurants and inspire the public to make the transformation toward a plastic-free Alameda.      

The free screening is sponsored by Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund and the city’s waste-reduction initiatives. All attendees will receive a complementary reusable, metal straw.  

The Alameda Free Library is located at 1550 Oak St. For more information, visit