We now live in a fast-paced world where we go about our daily lives seeking ease and convenience. There’s little thought that goes towards the impact our disposable lifestyle has on the world, animals and us. A new documentary, A Plastic Ocean, uncovers the consequences of our actions. The film comes without a sugar coating, it is both real and shocking.
Plastic is used and thrown away every day, however, unfortunately it won’t be leaving our lifestyles any time soon due to its high durability. The film highlights how we produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is only used once. The damage plastic creates is rising, over the past 10 years more plastic has been produced than in the last century.
In A Plastic Ocean a group of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors travel around the world to 20 locations to show shocking evidence of the crimes plastic pollution has committed. The film uses scientists throughout to provide a clear analysis of the findings from the team, alternative technology and policies that have been identified which could change the world for the better.
Australian journalist, Craig Leeson, directed and presented the film. Jo Ruxton co-produced the film and co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation that supports the film and creates a place that will continue discussing and raising awareness about plastic in our oceans. Jo Ruxton tells FilmQuote Complie that the message of the film is,
“Plastic is not and was never designed to be disposable because it’s indestructible…this habit that we have is starting to threaten human health.”
Prepare yourself for graphic scenes in the documentary that show the cost plastic has on wildlife. From birds, seals and whales, animals easily mistake plastic for food which brings them pain and suffering. However, our actions don’t escape us either, plastic breaks down into ‘microplastics’ that pick-up toxins, which now lie within our seafood. Masses of plastic also washes up into the shores of smaller islands and becomes parts of the land where food such as potatoes, corn, and sugar cane are grown. When we consume ‘microplastics’ we risk health problems such as cancer, immune system problems, and infertility.
A Plastic Ocean is now available on iTunes, Google Play and at plasticoceans.org.
Watch the trailer here:
Will you be watching A Plastic Ocean?
Text: Isla Whiteford
Images: EarthZine, The Huffington post, 3AW, Plastic Oceans Foundation.