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Addicted to Plastic

Title Addicted to   Plastic
Director(s) Ian Connacher
Date released (year) 2008
Production company Cryptic Moth,   Bullfrog Films
Length 1h 25mins
Location International,   10 countries
Keywords/tags Pollution,   environmental justice, waste
Link to film,
Synopsis ADDICTED TO   PLASTIC is a feature-length documentary about solutions to plastic pollution.   The point-of-view style documentary encompasses three years of filming in 12   countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific   Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic’s path over   the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical   and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These   solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers   with a hopeful perspective about our future with plastic.
Reviews/discussion Addicted to Plastic: The Rise and Demise of a Modern   Miracle directed by Ian Connacher is a   documentary feature length film look at the world’s most ubiquitous and   versatile material ever invented. From Styrofoam cups to artificial organs, Addicted to   Plastic examines the world’s most influential invention of the   last 100 years. The unfortunate fact is that no organism can biodegrade plastic, so this means that every piece of plastic that was ever made (except for a small amount that has been incinerated) still exists.Filmmaker Ian Connacher follows the trail of plastic   out into the ocean, into the Delhi dumps, to watch an avian autopsy in   Holland, to plastic factories and recycling facilities, and to visit   innovative individuals around the world who recycle plastics into useful   second-life objects, all in the name of finding out more about plastic. Addicted to   Plastic contains a wide variety of interviews with plastic   activists and experts, scientists around the world, the American Chemical Council, recycling plant managers and business people   that are recycling plastics for profit.Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the film is the trip to the Eastern Garbage Patch (North Pacific Gyro)  located in the Pacific Ocean, a 1000 miles from the USA mainland. There is so   much myth and heresy written about the ocean’s Garbage Patches that it was enlightening to   see some actual footage. The film contains one of the best explanations on   the ocean’s garbage patches and how they are created. Connacher debunks the   misconception that the Garbage Patch is a ‘floating landfill’,   rather he explains that ‘it is a chunk here, a piece here…’The United Nations claims there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of   ocean. A whopping 80% of plastics in the ocean originate from land. Captain   Charles Moore, world expert on the garbage patches and founder of the Algalita   Marine Research Foundation, explains that in some parts of the   ocean, the ratio of plastic to plankton in the water is 10:1. A Dutch   scientist finds that 90% of the birds he dissects have the human equivalent   of a lunch bag full of plastic in their stomachs.Addicted   to Plastic also includes a good historical overview of plastics   rise in popularity, current plastic consumption, an overview of the global   problems with plastic recycling and some possible solutions on how to deal   with the never ending tide of plastics.

Unfortunately, there is clearly inadequate plastic recycling infrastructure   in most countries around the world. One problem is the sheer amount of   different plastics on various items (lids and spouts made from different   materials than the bottles), and a lack of infrastructure to deal with the   quantity of plastics being consumed around the world.

Aside from individual business people and the odd   company around the world who are taking responsibility for plastic   consumption by creating clever recycling businesses (such as turning plastics   into railway ties, plastic flower pots, jackets or handbags), little   responsibility is taken for global plastic consumption, the vast majority of   plastic ends up in the world’s oceans and landfills.

A great, well-made film for all ages, that should   help people think twice about their plastic habit. rating:


Links to other resources Read  interview with Addicted to Plastic filmmaker Ian Connacher.Order this film on – Addicted   to PlasticCryptic Moth Productions:
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