Teachers: Diving into Plastic Pollution

Watch Short Films & Sign Up for Online Classroom Discussions

Join us in helping to empower students to make strides in understanding the problem of single-use plastic and reducing its use!

We have compiled several short films that students can watch to learn about plastic pollution, and afterwards join us for an online discussion about what they can do to address single-use plastic pollution right now. We’ve got expertise, enthusiasm and resources to share to help your students create projects of their own.  

Jackie Nuñez, Founder & Program Manager, The Last Plastic Straw, and featured in the short documentary STRAWS, will be hosting the online discussions, along with other Plastic Pollution Coalition staff.

The goal of each online discussion is to help students craft individual or group projects to reduce single-use plastic pollution. These ACTION projects can be individual, in their home, in their community, anywhere that makes sense for you and your students right now.


1. Sign up at this link to schedule your online classroom discussion.

2. We will send you a confirmation email with links to the short films for students to watch prior to the online classroom discussion, and a link to a document where students can submit their questions prior to the online discussion.

3. Work out a schedule to have your students watch the films, and post questions in the online document.

4. Join us for the online discussion via the platform of your choice. We can send you a Google Meet or Zoom link or use a meeting link provided by you.

5. Monitor students creating their projects.

1 hour


Any computer, iPad, notebook, or a smart cellphone.  There will be a call-in option if students only have a telephone.

We’re grateful to the director/producer of STRAWS Film Linda Booker and the Video Project for their generous donation of providing free access to their award winning film for these viewings.  They are also providing access to the lesson plans developed for the film that teachers can keep in perpetuity. Learn more about other educational films offered by Video Project here.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@plasticpollutioncoalition.org.

We will email you the links for these films, so students can watch them on their own devices. We will also send you the code to watch the full length version of the STRAWS film. The total duration of all the films is 40:10 minutes.

Short documentary about plastic straw waste and how we can make a sea of change…one straw at a time
(32 minutes)

Open Your Eyes
An overview on plastic pollution, narrated by Academy Award winner and PPC Notable Jeff Bridges (4 minutes)

Don’t Throw It Away
Music video about reusables by Keb’ Mo’ with Taj Mahal (3 minutes)

How Far is Away
Animated short created by Practice Studios (1:10 minutes)


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