The Story of Plastic

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

Subtitled in 30 Languages
Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese

 

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.

Faculty Accolades and Reviews

“This documentary provides the context, the world-view and the information that can be used as the basis for classroom discussions and activities not only focused on particular disciplines, but also the complex interdisciplinary nature of society. The Story of Plastic is the story of society, it is the story of us.” Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry, Sustainability Coordinator, Penn State

The Story of Plastic challenges my students to think critically about the societal and corporate influences that have led to our current plastic crisis. It has been a huge eye-opener for them, and it kindled some very productive discussions on how we craft policies that get to the root cause of the problem.” John P. Tippett, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Mary Washington

The Story of Plastic shows us a hidden crisis of global scale in our oceans. It destroys the myth that plastic always gets recycled. It exposes the machinations of the fossil carbon industry that have made us all highly dependent on plastic. And it gives us hope that alternatives are possible.”  Christopher Bystroff, Professor, Biological Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee, Albany Unitarian Universalist Society

“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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