Friday, May 1, 2009

Addicted To Plastic

Mom and I watched this film today and we both highly recommend it. It offers an insight into the world of plastic, from it's early days to present, and it showcases our obsession with plastic.

Addicted To Plastic is a full length documentary about the problems with plastic and solutions to these problems. The filmmaker, Ian Connacher, narrates his journey to 12 countries on 5 continents, searching for answers to the ever growing problem with what has become the world's obsession.

The film starts with Ian's journey to the North Pacific Gyre, a floating city of plastic twice the size of the state of Texas. Called the largest landfill in the world, this plastic city contains debris from around the globe and is a hazard to everyone on Earth. Ian is looking for answers while on a ship traveling through the gyre and he gets some as he retrieves piece after piece of plastic floating on the surface of seemingly pristine water. This may seem shocking to some as they watch this film, but this is the reality we are faced with. I think this segment was a perfect way to begin the film because this is not typically what people think about when they think about plastic.

Detailing the path of plastic over the last 100 years, the film digs in deep with interviews from experts in the fields of marine research, the plastics industry, recycling, environmentalism, and more. These people offer solutions to what to do with all the plastic we throw away every day. Ian shows us some great and cutting edge solutions that will give hope to you as you watch this film, but ultimately, education is the key to dealing with this issues.

I don't want to give away too much of the film because I want you to see it, learn from it, take action, and spread the word. I'm hoping that by watching this short trailer for the film, you will be inspired to watch the entire film. There is so much knowledge to be gained from the film's 1 1/2 hour viewing time, that you will never think about plastic the same way again. That, I believe, is the real message of the film. To raise awareness and to get people thinking about the issues. We can change the future, but we all need to do our part.

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