Skip the Straw


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.

STRAWS Award-Winning Documentary

The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows and STRAWS filmmaker Linda Booker have made 250 free streaming downloads available to visitors of this page. 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.

By visiting the link below, you’ll be able to stream the full-length documentary STRAWS .  This streaming is for one-time personal use only.

Stream the STRAWS Documentary from Vimeo
Password: SkipTheStraw
(The link will be disabled once 250 views are reached)


    • 500 million straws are used every day in the US, enough to circumnavigate the earth 2.5 times.
    • Plastic decomposes in the ocean to form microplastic, a habitat for algae growth, which causes it to smell and taste like food to fish, seabirds and other animals.
    • An estimated 71% if seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs, and each year one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.
    • It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to fully decompose.
    • 175 billion straws each year filter into landfills (environment) and others litter our waterways and oceans.
    • As of 2018 the debris field known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers about 618,000 square miles of deep ocean, weighs 80,000 metric tons and is four times the size of the state of California.
    • It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.


Learn more about school programs, the documentary STRAWS and the Video Project where speakers and multi-media resources including a screening guide are being provided to educational institutions worldwide.

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