Addicted to Plastic

Inst. Price: $295
Site Price: $115
Home Price: $69.95

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Subjects: Activism, African Studies, American Studies, Business Studies, Consumerism, Consumption, Environment, Ethics, Garbage, Global Issues, Health Issues, India, Law, Ocean, Pollution, Toxic Waste

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Cryptic Moth
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

From Styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic.

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. 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.

"Addicted to Plastic was a wake-up call for me as a marine scientist..... a sobering must-see and needs to be shown at every educational level globally!"
- Dr. James M. Cervino, Assistant Professor, Biology and Health Sciences, Pace University,
Visiting Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Department of Marine Chemistry

"...Connacher's on-screen presence as a curious, energized hipster on a plastic road trip lends immediacy to his narrative and enables him to filter complex information and hypotheses into a manageable form that will provoke viewers without confusing them. All in all, Addicted to Plastic is an absorbing, shocking, only partially reassuring odyssey."
- Jeffrey L. Meikle, Professor, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin,
Author, American Plastic: A Cultural History

“Important for all people to see".
- David Suzuki

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