Recommended Documentary: Addicted to Plastic

Addicted to Plastic is an 85 minute 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. Every piece of plastic that’s ever been made, except a small amount that’s been incinerated, still exists. The truth is, only about 5% of all plastic actually gets recycled.

I have had this on my ‘to watch list’ for some time now, and I am glad I finally had the chance too. It is very educational and I feel I understand more about the system and potential solutions. I really hope that more businesses pick up bio plastics.

As much as I like this movie, there was just one thing that bothered me. Ian, the guy making the film, ask at one point – could we live without plastic. Well the reality is kinda – some things are just not safe to not have made out of plastic – like your bottles in the shower, not good to have glass in a slippery environment like that. However, I personally believe that we can live with much less plastic. There are many alternatives and ways to avoid it, and I felt that Ian did not point this out well – in this particular section on the film, he tries to go through his morning routine without plastic. How to wake up with out an alarm, where to sleep since there are plastics in mattresses, how to brush his teeth and how to shower. Maybe I am becoming abit extreme (some would say hippie – and I am sad that has such a negative meaning these days), but I know there are other options. You can have an alarm clock that is plastic free, there are plastic free beds, there are also wooden and bristle tooth brushes and alternatives to toothpaste in a plastic tube. Some of these might be out of our comfort zone, but I am sure that they would become the norm.

I am currently attempting to clear out as much plastic from our lives as possible. We will never be 100% free- and this is not the goal. However I need to take it slow so I don’t freak Ole out – so I am slowly making this transition. In a follow up article I will outline what it is a I am planning to do to reduce my plastic consumption.

What do you think?