I just finished watching Addicted To Plastic, and I have to say that given the name, I expected it to be less unbiased than it was. In the vein of Expelled, the end goal is understood and expected: but giving the “antagonists” in this case the plastics industry, a platform and then letting their claims be evaluated against evidence.
It brings up some interesting and startling facts.
- Plastic never decomposes. Something well known. What isn’t as well known is that it simple breaks into smaller and smaller particles.
- Those particles attract and retain oily substances and toxins upwards of a million times greater than the surrounding area.
- Plastics in the North Pacific Gyre, out number plankton ten times to one.
- Birds, especially sea birds, ingest plastic mistaking it for food. As do other creatures within the food chain.
Lastly, my personal favorite: 0% of the industry sponsored research found any connection between the chemicals in plastic and health concerns in humans.
90%. The number of independent studies that found connections between the chemicals in plastic and health concerns in humans.
The goal of Conservance is to find real solutions to environmental problems in the world. Is plastic inherently wrong? Of course not, many advances in the medical field are owed to plastics. But to label plastics as disposable or even easily recyclable is simply incorrect.
Glass is easily recycled, steel is easily recycled: Plastic is not. Not right now.
More to come on this.