Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards and Junk & Straws Screening Photos

Thank you for attending the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards and the screenings of Junk & Straws!

The Green Prize is a book award, presented by Santa Monica's Public Library and the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. In 2007, the Green Prize was created in order to recognize the authors, illustrators, photographers and publishers whose goal is to broaden the public's awareness of sustainability. Both adult and children's books are honored. To date, the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature has recognized over a hundred titles. 

JUNK is a documentary based on Marcus Eriksen's Green Prize Award-winning book Junk Raft and Straws, named one of the "5 Documentaries that will make you rethink single-use plastics" is directed by Linda Booke.

We had an amazing panel discussion and many solutions were given. As always, our goal is to educate but just as important is to follow that education up with action. Here are the action items we offered at the film screening. 

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We encourage you to:

1. Rethink the Drink
     a. Use a reusable water bottle and refill it
     b. Skip the Straw or bring a reusable one
     c. Instead of taking a drink to-go use a “for-here” mug
     d. Bring a reusable tumbler (some places give a discount for this)
2. Decide to Dine-in
3. Bring your Bag 
4. Zero waste your space, home, work or school, make it “single-use plastic-free”
5. Support organizations that are working toward zero waste (sign up for the 5Gyres newsletter at
Please connect with Sustainable SM #SustainableSM or #ChooseTo ReuseSM.

Enjoy the event photos!

A nice size crowd chose to attend the event rather than watch the Dodgers in game 2 of the World Series
Jeff Schwartz from the Santa Monica Public Library presents Marcus Eriksen with the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award
Marcus Eriksen says a few words to the audience.
We had a great panel discussion with panelists L to R: Ben Kay, Adjunct Associate Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, Amanda Grossman, City of Santa Monica Sustainability Analyst, Marcus Eriksen, Research Director The 5 Gyres Institute and Chris Jones, Director, Producer and Editor JUNK