Dangers Of Plastic Addiction Revealed In New Documentary

Forget the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Traces of plastic and the chemicals used to make plastic have been found in our soil, food, and even our blood.

The plastic industry annually generates hundreds of billions of dollars. Every industrial sector in the world today is dependent on plastic. The amount of plastic we have produced since it was invented would be enough to cover the entire globe six times over. But this inexpensive and convenient substance comes with a hefty price.

In “Plastic Planet,” an investigative motion-picture documentary slated to hit American markets next month, director Werner Boote shows that plastic has emerged as a global threat. For Boote, the plastic problem is personal: His grandfather was one of the early manufacturers of plastic

The movie asks questions that concern all of us: Why don’t we change our consumption behavior? Why is the industry not reacting to apparent dangers? Who is held accountable for hills of garbage mounting in Deserts and Seas? Who wins in this game? And who loses?

Watch as 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.

Image Credit: Plastic Planet

80 comments

colleen prinssen
colleen p.5 years ago

the people who want bioplastic, I saw it on TV. they are trying it. the oil it is made from is from dead things billions or millions of years old, they are getting the same compounds from newer dead plants. it is just expensive(I think)

which then turns into the "bio fuel vs human food"

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Let's just hope that the USA can catch up to Europe when it comes to reducing and improving packaging. Perhaps one area of opportunity is the amount of packaging waste that is recycled or recovered. For example, some countries like Germany are achieving a recovery rate of over 70%.

Linda C.
Linda C.5 years ago

We don't need all the plastic we have - milk in cardboard cartons is good as is orange juice, I can compost or burn it..... paper bags from recycled materials, who needs plastic forks, spoons,knives, plates,bowls? etc. Even our cars are plastic!! Not good in an accident!! Tropicana oj just went from cardboard to plastic bottles - why? It goes on and on - in medical field it may be of help for sterile things BUT that stuff can be recycled too!!

Angie c.
Angie cr5 years ago

yes, we are plastic and fake now, and yes, we need plastic in some ways: the answer here is to use it responsibly, to recycle more and to stop being lazy!
wash the dishes, have breakfast at home or make your own lunch, reuse bags, reuse everything you can, donate what u can not and please if you work for the government do something about this huge problem. THINK! WE CAN DO THIS!!!THINK!!

donna colby
donna colby5 years ago

glass try that

Gerard D.
Gerard D.5 years ago

Suzzanne M.

You are right of course in what you say. What has to change of course is the attitude of the big manufacturers who use plastic in everything from their products to their packaging.
We as consumers have no choice but to buy these products nicely wrapped up in plastic containers because thats all there is, like it or not. Maybe government scientists should get to work on inventing some form of bio degradable plastics for everyday use as it is a good thing when used responsibly.

David N.
David N.5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jane R.
Jane R.5 years ago

It's never going to be possible to have a plastic free world but reducing it's use where possible will help.

Suzanne M.
Suzanne M.5 years ago

As sad as it is it would be hard to live without plastic. Plastic is used extensively in hospitals and is important in helping to maintain sterile environments. Plastic has also helped to save lives, because since the invent of plastics, hospitals have been able to maintain a more sterile environment. What would they use instead? Glass? That's fragile and more expensive. Health costs would sky rocket. What would they store bags of blood in, or tissue samples, and would they use glass needles now instead which are more expensive?? I just don't know. I work in a research lab and we're doing research on cancer that could improve on the treatment options for cancer patients. We use so much plastic in our work, lots of disposable bottles and more. We recycle most of it but some is too contaminated to recycle or is unsafe to clean or recycle. What would facilities like us do without plastic? Its a sad sad situation. And what about the things we buy? When people say don't buy anything in plastic what about house hold detergents? They don't come in anything else, even the non toxic, earth friendly products are in plastic. Even your car is made from some plastic, I'm not sure but aren't air bags, that save lives, made of plastic? I don't think we can go plastic free, we just have to recycle more.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.5 years ago

I hope this movie is shown far and wide and I hope it helps more people to be aware of the plastic addiction and its evils. We really must do something about it.