ADDICTED TO PLASTIC (2007-2008) is one of the most frightening, riveting and excellent documentaries I've ever seen. While at certain moments it is humorous, and at other moments I get a bit tired of the music-video phenomenon complete with whiny 'college station' music, this is a must-see.
Its premises as a documentary are complete and I only wish there had been more fact and statistics: yet the lack thereof is one of the points of this documentary. Young filmmaker Ian Connacher, a Toronto native, set out to discover the truth behind something that had mystified him: recycling. He moved on to seek the truth about non-biodegradable plastics, their manufacture and their ultimate disposal.
What he found absolutely reeks. This is a collection of facts from a world we should all get to know - and this film should be shown in schools planet-wide. The toxins involved in making plastic malleable could be THE cause of cancer in the world today. Animals are eating plastic waste, thinking it's food, and then guess where the plastic-toxins are going?
You got it: higher up the food chain. Hence our relatives dropping like flies from cancer and other unspeakables. Connacher travels around the world seeking answers, meeting with environmentalist scientists (few of whom would admit they were environmentalists), innovators, and one rep from the plastics corporation whom, as always, was full of double-talk.
Connacher found places of hope - such as Kenya and India - where the plastic refuse is being recycled in ingenious, useful and nondestructive ways. He crossed paths with great scientists who are engineering all-natural plastics made from vegetables (one such product is brand-named "PLANTIC" and made from soy). An enthusiastic developer in Australia demonstrated the nature of his 21st century plastic product by eating it. The exact same thing was done spontaneously by an American inventor (though he admitted it was too hard to chew it).
About two decades ago I wrote a paper about the unfairness and stupidity of 'recycling' if we didn't do it exactly right. I also stated back then that we HAD to find an alternative base product from which to manufacture "a new plastic". The need to get away from petrol (fossil fuels, etc.) is so great that we may all go the way of Atlantis very soon. What moved me to write the paper was a great plastics alternative I'd heard of: ground nut-shells. That market - useful for making coffins if nothing else - came to nothing. Sad.
This film will teach you all the basics you need to pick your field of improvement: plastic manufacture, waste disposal, recycling-such-as-it-is, rescuing the planet and salvaging plastic. Someone has to, we're stuck with it, and I myself am getting tired of ingesting it. With more than seven dead in my family of cancer - and several siblings dealing with it right now - I am furious about the cancer-plastic link this documentary has shown me.
At the same time, this film will show you that really no one is to blame for the original problem. My physicians asked the same old question every time we suffered a new diagnosis: "Did you live anywhere toxic, or get exposed?" - like we are supposed to know!! This documentary will teach you, so that future families will not fade terribly like my family has ... and will continue to do.
Consumers are not at fault. Manufacturers are nasty pieces of work, but they aren't at fault either. If you could magically make plastic disappear from your life, you'd have only wood and metal left but at least the plastic would be gone or recycled. New plastics, truly non-toxic and biodegradable, would be the work-horse materiel. What do you expect plastic manufacturers to do? Now's the time, speak up!
Watch this - you may be the future plastics genius who arrives at THE solution.
Hopefully, Amazon will again make this available. Isn't it odd how some of these movies are vanishing right out from under us? Sellers are getting around $55 for a used copy of this DVD. Maybe they're out working on either a wood, pulp or PLANTIC case for this DVD!