Visit the Sea Lion Center at PIER 39 for free screenings of the award-winning documentary film STRAWS every weekend this summer through September 3rd. The free half-hour screenings at the Sea Lion Center begin at 1:30pm and are followed by a discussion with an Aquarium of the Bay Educator. 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. The 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. At PIER 39, we are taking an affirmative step to reduce the impact plastic pollution is having on our waterways and wildlife. PIER 39’s restaurants and eateries, as well as Blue & Gold Fleet and Adventure Cat Sailing, have made the switch to paper straws or will offer straws only upon request.
To learn more about PIER 39’s ‘Skip the Straw’ initiative, click here.