The wide adoption of plastics for making everything from single-use shopping bags to toys to gadgets and electronics has been a boon for the consumer, but an environmental disaster for the planet.
Being able to cheaply reproduce almost any shape in mass quantities has made it possible to make and distribute vast quantities of plastic doo-dads and widgets and bottles and bags and packaging, most of which are then destined to end up in our oceans, affecting marine environments and the people who depend on them.
A new film, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, investigates the effects that plastic from our modern disposable society has on the world around us, even in places far removed from human habitation.
“The images Angela uncovers, combined with the latest evidence from researchers, shows that the truth behind the myth is much worse than imagined. A growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain that humans depend on.”
Plastic Paradise is available as an on-demand rental or for purchase, at Vimeo.