Plastic is choking our oceans

More than 500,000,000 straws are used once and tossed every day in this country. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the number five most commonly found item on beaches. Straws are not recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets, wash into streams and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

Join Bull City Burger and BreweryPompieri Pizza, and Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, along with Keep Durham BeautifulThe City of Durham Stormwater & GIS ServicesDon't Waste Durham and other local environmentally conscious businesses on Thursday, February 22 at 6 PM for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary, STRAWS. This event will launch Durham's month-long #SkipTheStrawDURM campaign for March.

This event was made possible through the support of the Durham community. Special thanks to Luna Rotisserie, The Durham Originals, Don't Waste Durham, Fillaree, Hana Lee Flowers, 21c Museum Hotel, Aardvark Paper Straws, Royal Water Resources, Compost Now, Bull City Burger and Pompieri Pizza for their generous donations of prizes for the raffle. All proceeds from the event will go to Keep Durham Beautiful and The Fund For Sustainable Tomorrows.

You can help

Join us for a screening of the documentary STRAWS to get all the facts and really witness the adverse effects of straws on our ocean and wildlife. 


6:00 PM-8:30 PM, Thursday February 22nd

Durham Arts Council PSI Theater

Watch the trailer here

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6:00 PM - Reception and Cash Bar sponsored by Bull City Burger and Brewery + Pompieri Pizza

7:00 PM - "Don't Litter, Man" PSA with Pierce Freelon + STRAWS film screening

Followed by Panel Discussion STRAWS filmmaker, Linda Booker, Executive Director of Plastic Ocean Project, Bonnie Monteleone, Orange County Solid Waste Management Department's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Muriel Williman, and Tania Dautlick with Keep Durham Beautiful

This event will kick off a month-long #SkiptheStrawDURM campaign for the City of Durham


We ask you as an individual or as a business to pledge to significantly reduce your use of plastic straws and only serve straws by request. So many of us use straws as routine simply because we are handed them. There are so many alternatives, like drinking from a cup or using a paper or metal straw. 

Pledge as an individual or business below!

#SkiptheStraw Pledge for Individuals
Name *
For the month of March, I pledge to reduce and eliminate my use of single-use plastic straws. By refusing single-use plastic straws, I am helping to eliminate plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans and waterways. Please check the "Yes" box if you agree. *
#SkiptheStraw Pledge for Businesses
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I am the owner or manager of the business indicated above. *
I am officially participating in the #SkiptheStraw March movement as part of an effort to keep my community pollution free and stop plastic pollution at the source *
As a participating business I agree to: *
Check all that apply
Last Day of Straw Usage
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By typing your name in the box below you indicate that all of the information you have provided in this form is true to the extent of your knowledge and binds you to any agreements that you have indicated in this form.