I usually visit cinema once in several months, and only for some really good films. My recent discovery is a brand new film “Plastic Planet”, the poster to which claims: “after seeing this film you will never drink from a plastic bottle”.
Generally we all know plastic is bad. But HOW bad? WHAT is actually so bad about it? The film comes up as an eye-opener.
An invistigavie documentary in Michael Moore style by an Austrian film director Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a journey around the globe, following plastic through its 100 years of “glorious triumph” and showing us what an unexpected impact plastic has on our world.
My main take-aways from this film:
-the horryfying hormone-disrputing impact of plastic
-the all-perwading nature of plastic, how much it is actually present in our lives
-the need to a shift in collective awareness regarding the plastic consume
-plastic as the synonyme for materialism, as its physical manifestation (this is my very personal perception).
Here is the trailer (in German): it is horryfing to see that amount of plasic an average western house has!
see more film shortcuts here. I have seen the film in German, but apperently it is also avaliable in Einglish.
And here are some interesting facts:
One of the most common chemicals in all kinds of plastic we use daily is Bisphenol-A, a hormone-disrupting chemical that is considered to be potentially harmful to human health and the environment. Scientists studying the impact of man-made chemicals on human health claim human males will be infertile by the middle of the next century if present industrial trends are maintained. Two recent studies have found that sperm count in men has declined precipitously over the past 20 years.  A report in the
British Medical Journal in August 1994 comparing men of similar ages,
sperm count in 3729 Scottish men had declined 41% among those born in
1969 compared to those born in 1941. The New England Journal of Medicine
reported in February 1995 that sperm count has declined 33% during the
past 20 years among a study-population of 1,351 healthy, fertile men in
I wonder if the amount of plastic in the human blood has also an impact on the increase of homosexuality?
There are currently over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the U.S., the vast majority of which lack even basic information on health effects and toxicity. We do know that at least 1,400 chemicals have known or probable links to cancer, birth defects, reproductive impacts, and other health problems such as learning disabilities…
IS THERE ANY WAY OUT? The film shows some alternatives, but I assume there are many more alternative discoveries that have been made but bought my mighty industries and hidden/destroyed. Sooner or later we will have to find another solution and I am sure it will be found and implemented. In the meanwhile we can try our best at least on the personal level and minimize the usage of plastic in our daily lives.