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The Plastic Problem

2020 | 55 min | Recommended min. age: 12 y

Over 9 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. Where has it all gone? In the documentary “The Plastic Problem”, the PBS NewsHour explores the scourge of plastic remnants in our oceans and lakes, their points of origin, and their ultimate impact to the health of both sea life and humans.

Our addiction to plastics is understandable. They have revolutionized everything from consumer goods to medical care. Their convenience and durability have transformed us into a disposable society.

The global recycling rate has reduced to just 9% in recent years. The production of fresh plastic waste continues to rise with no signs of dissipation. The film explores how the current system of recycling has not adequately impacted the crisis. Meanwhile, incineration could fill the environment with dangerous chemical pollution.

Utilizing the expertise of various ecologists and conservationists, “The Plastic Problem” diagnoses the worldwide crisis of plastic consumption and points the way to possible solutions.

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