Film on plastic pollution screens at Wilton Library

A documentary on how drinking straws and other single-use plastic items pollute the earth’s oceans and waterways will be screened Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. The film is called STRAWS and it is presented by the library and Wilton Go Green.

A family-friendly screening of the 33-minute film will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2, at the library.

A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follows each screening with Charlie Taney, executive director of the Norwalk River Valley Trail; Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association; and Bridget Cervero and David Hudson of The Maritime Aquarium. A separate children’s program is offered for students in second through sixth grade on Saturday during the panel discussion.  

STRAWS filmmaker Linda Booker said she hopes “to get people thinking about how small habits can add up to huge impact. Removing plastic straws is a tangible, simple change people and businesses can do that truly makes a difference.”

Wilton Go Green president Dana Gips said she believes the film will “inspire people to change their personal use of straws and other single-use plastics, while also encouraging dialogue with businesses and community leaders.”

Although light-hearted, the film, narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, offers a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution. It illustrates how individuals, groups, business owners and leaders around the globe are reducing plastic straw use.

Registration is recommended and may be done online at or by calling 203-762-6334. The film’s trailer may be viewed at

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