The Story of Plastic

A film by Deia Schlosberg
95 minute, color, USA, 2019

Synopsis

The Story of Plastic is a searing expose, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a life changing film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

Reviews

“A powerful new film. [With COVID 19 raging] some industries are cynically exploiting it to push for rollbacks and greater license to pollute. The plastics industry is a case in point. It’s intertwined with the fossil fuel industry, since petrochemical byproducts of fossil fuel production are the feedstocks for plastics. As demand for fracked gas declines, the two industries have been working to channel overproduction into producing more plastic, and they’re playing the angles to stoke demand.  Judith Enck, Newsweek
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“The film exposes the flawed and failed prophecy of recycling, which works well for glass and metals but fails miserably at dealing with plastics. Only 14 percent of plastics are recycled and only 2 percent effectively, the film explains. Most plastics degrade when recycled and don’t end up made into something as useful the second time around.” Tara Lohan, Deputy Editor of The Revelator
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“Thoughtful engaging documentary…exposes the flawed and failed prophecy of recycling, which works well for glass and metals but fails miserably at dealing with plastics. Only 14 percent of plastics are recycled and only 2 percent effectively, the film explains. Most plastics degrade when recycled and don’t end up made into something as useful the second time around.” Karen Conrad, Scenestr
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“A documentary that will never let you see plastic the same way again” Zoë Schlanger, Quartz
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