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Addicted to Plastic

The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle
Star rating: 5 of 6
2008 | 85 min | Recommended min. age: 14 y

It is impossible to go a day without using plastic. Since its invention one hundred years ago, plastic has worked its way into every corner of the globe. From the middle of the Pacific ocean where it breaks up into micro plastics and is absorbed into the food chain to the enormous mountains of garbage at landfill sites where incineration releases toxic pollutants. This documentary shows the possibilities for reuse of plastics, improving its biodegradability, and how to avoid toxic ingredients. The environmental impact of this versatile material is strongest realized at garbage dumps and toxic contaminated sites all over the world.

What is the best way to curb this hugely detrimental pollution? Are there viable solutions for the reuse of the artificial raw material, the handling of its toxic properties and the improvement of its biodegradability?

For three years, filmmaker Ian Connacher and his team traveled to 12 affected countries on five continents to conduct this research project. They discovered plastic pollution in terrifying proportions all over the world, even in the Pacific ocean. However, the interviews with scientists and experts shown in this film give a faint flicker of hope as to the future of our planet and the consumption of plastics.

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