Addicted To Plastic
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Addicted To Plastic

2008, Environment  -   18 Comments
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Addicted To PlasticAddicted to Plastic is a documentary focusing on the worldwide production and environmental effects of plastic. The host takes a 2-year trip around the world to give us a better understanding of the life cycle of plastic.

It’s probably fair to say that we all believe buying goods (pencils, food, electronics, etc.) with less packaging is a good thing, and when we separate our trash and drop the plastic rubbish into the blue box for the morning pickup, it all gets recycled, and we can feel confident we’ve done our part for the environment.

The development of degradable plastics is a good thing, but a lot of what we use – new trash as well as old – has penetrated some very disturbing levels of the food chain and the ecosystem, and the makes the case that all is not well in our world via a simple boat trip to the North Pacific Central Gyre, aka the Eastern Garbage patch, where air pressure and rotating water currents swirl and push all kinds of floating trash to the water’s surface.

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Harald Stoll
Harald Stoll
11 years ago

-1 for calling 'The Netherlands' as Holland.. buuh

justdontlikeplastic
justdontlikeplastic
12 years ago

Why would we buy a PLASTIC DVD. Please offer a digital download - we all have servers in our houses by now anyway - or we can store them on a cloud server. #newmillennium

icedale
icedale
13 years ago

[b]Oh, and how much plastic are they fishing compared to how much petrol that fat greenpeace boat eats up every day?[/b]
Actually, that is what I was thinking as well..

I saw the documentary just a few hours ago. Very interesting, and it did get me into thinking once again what green way wrote above, "I still have not understood why those multi-billion dollar companies are not forced to collect and recycle their own wastes! they have the money and the equipment to do it.".
Thought, it is fairly easy to give an answer myself to that (profit). Companies of such sizes should be obliged by law to collect and recycle the material used to provide their products. I think it is both essential (after all, how much can a country account for?) and commonsensical.

xan
xan
13 years ago

Anyone noticed the beautiful oyster and crab colony on that piece of foam? And then how that guy picks up a machete and chops it to death? But he doesn't realize that, his only thought is bad plastic, bad plastic. How eco friendly is that?
Oh, and how much plastic are they fishing compared to how much petrol that fat greenpeace boat eats up every day? I guess their master plan is to burn as much petrol as possible so that others won't make plastic out of it.

On the other hand I liked the idea with the railroad ties, and cool blue, and Denmark :)

Ivan A lara
Ivan A lara
13 years ago

With Biodegradable produces the Future CAN BE PRESERVED!

Earth is a Global Community, not a disposable Commodity.

history is plastic, and Plastic is History.

420 Vision
420 Vision
13 years ago

Humans exist so that the earth can have plastic !

karen
karen
13 years ago

ummm ... so you start it over in a new window and move the little cursor over to where you left off. sheer genius, I don't know how I stand myself.

Thought provoking documentary, almost tmi to figure out a good course of action!

alton
alton
13 years ago

OMG they are hiding out behind some weeds ;)

hawkpork
hawkpork
13 years ago

haha.. ok everybody.. tell me what you see in focus at only 2 seconds into the film. looks like the solution to me :)

green way
green way
13 years ago

actually i cannot understand why the U.S. does not have a system like Denmark to recycle plastics. If they had been paying more than 5 cents for each bottle ( which reduces the incentive to keep the bottles to the lowest possible level), people would have gotten their money back and companies like Coca-Cola would not have to use raw materials each time to produce bottles. In addition, I still have not understood why those multi-billion dollar companies are not forced to collect and recycle their own wastes! they have the money and the equipment to do it.
as customers, we should raise our voice to hold those companies responsible of their products!!

if recycling centers are having difficulty in identifying the plastic items due to the increasing varieties, why are plastic product producers not forced to mention how to recycle

Magali
Magali
14 years ago

Very interesting documentary. I unfortunately met mega video for the first time and did not see the end.
Is this not the concept of this website to watch free documentaries or I misunderstood?
I do not mind to pay if the money goes entirely to a green recycling company.

Eff
Eff
14 years ago

Humankind will need to adapt to consuming plastic food in order to survive...now pass over that mustard jar lid will ya....YUM!

medical
medical
14 years ago

I couldn't see it all, but it was informative, scary, hopeful, and made me think of what i buy and what i do with it.

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
14 years ago

@ Jenn:

TDF. is the best place to watch all docs. It is the top site. Instead of searching it is already done for you.

Jenn
Jenn
14 years ago

Achems, I wonder if this is on Google Video? Have you checked?

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
14 years ago

Very interesting Doc.
I watched most of it until the most hated company in the world, (Mega Vision)!! cut me off.