Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet

Downloadable Video - 2011
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We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap and practical, and it's everywhere ? even in our blood. But is it a danger to us? This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Films : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 99 min.)) : sound, color

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dirtbag
May 12, 2019

A fantastic, informative documentary!! It was unusual, entertaining, but also informative. Right after I finished watching it I got plastic bottles out of the fridge to see what kind of plastic that they were made of and (surprise, surprise!) the symbol was on the bottle but there was no number at its center. Someone doesn't want us to know.

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alisamandlis
Nov 07, 2018

Very informative, this is a great documentary.

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MB85CAL
Jul 05, 2018

Eye-opening. This film is a call and reminder to all of us to recycle, recycle, and recycle. And a clarion call to our producers of plastic products to make huge changes. Highly recommend.

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1aa
Oct 18, 2017

Terrific documentary! A little serious and investigative, a little flippant, a little humorous, and it all adds up to something that one would do well to research further (and become politically active about). I found most startling the fact that the chemicals and the processes to make plastics is largely secret. How do they do the health checking?

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MeReneG
Sep 03, 2016

As already mentioned, this is low-key exposition by someone who understands the history of plastics and realizes that they provide both benefits (mostly for producers) and risks (especially for the environment). \\ Overall, risks seem to outweigh benefits. Production relies on oil and involves chemicals that are harmful to humans and other species. Because of their complex makeup, they cannot easily be repurposed or recycled. As a result, plastics and their byproducts are found everywhere on the planet. \\ It was shocking to see: how many plastic products are in average homes (in both the first and third worlds); how much plastic residue has made its way into our oceans; how unconcerned producers are about their negative effects. \\ Wherever possible, consumers should aim to reject plastic-based products and packaging, in favour of more sustainable and less environmentally damaging alternatives.

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JDK5
Oct 31, 2013

The science behind plastics is both fascinating and disturbing. The sad reality is that until an affordable, equally durable, less environmentally destructive alternative is found, plastics will continue to impact daily lives worldwide.

real_thing Jul 27, 2013

wut i dont understand is, how is something that is made out of CRUDE OIL and the most commonly used be in the least demand of making money off of scapp?????? this movie will make u say, wut the fuznuk. U got to watch the whole thing

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lascala
May 13, 2013

This was in my opinion a waste of film (and hence plastic). A meager attempt to bring awarness to HOW MUCH plastic is in our lives. The lackluster manner in which the interviewer poses his questions and commentary is rather uninspiring. Also the questions he chooses to ask to plastics industry insiders seemd to me a waste of effort they were all open ended questions where vagueness reigns supreme. I reached the part where they enter the grounds of a plastic factory and I had to stop.....I could not continue watching it was giving me a headache. I was left with the impression that the filmmaker did not really care about his chosen topic but was filming for films sake Over all rather disapointing.

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lumue
Dec 12, 2012

I hope that everyone will watch this. Of course, one has to prove the facts just like with every other source of information. However, the information is very well presented in this documentary. Fact is: Plastic is everywhere and we have to face that we are not even able to live without it (e.g. syringes and other medical material). It is shocking to look around and to realize how dependent we are on plastic! Since I watched this DVD I absolutely do not buy anything from Nestle anymore, their ethical views on the world and resources are absolutely disgusting. We are the consumers. The whole market out there is adapting to our choices of purchase, therefore it is in our hands to change things to the better.

oo Dec 30, 2011

A *lot* more interesting that the title would suggest. (Though I have yet to thoroughly check out the credentials of the experts, made harder in that even in the PDF file the info is a little light about that.) There are a lot of small bits of humor, especially because the guy, on one level really *loves* plastic.

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