What isn't made of plastic these days? Plastic has become one of the most commonplace items in any household -- it's inexpensive, versatile and durable. However, the latter quality is also plastic's Achilles' Heel -- while it's easy to make things out of plastic, plastic is not biodegradable, and though it seems easy to throw away, many types of plastic aren't easily recyclable, so most plastic items are destined to become garbage that lasts forever. Even worse, plastic manufacturing often produces toxic waste, and disposing of unwanted plastic products has resulted in massive landfills and ocean dumps that simply hide a problem rather than solving it. Filmmaker Ian Connacher explores the global environmental consequences of the irresponsible use of plastic materials in Addicted To Plastic! The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle, an activist documentary that explores how plastic became an inescapable commodity and how we can (and why we must) wean ourselves off of it. Addicted To Plastic was an official selection at the 2008 Vancouver Film Festival.
A film by Ian Connacher, Cryptic Moth Productions. Award winning documentary reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. Bullfrog Films. 85 minutes.