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Life in Plastic

Synopsis
Most types of plastic that we use every day are nearly non-degradable, and as time goes by they release many of their (often hormonally efficacious) additives into the environment. Then spread by wind, water or illegal waste disposal in the ocean, they are found throughout our entire planet - even in oceanic regions far from civilisation. Even today polar bears and beluga whales remain contaminated with plasticisers used in the 1960s and 70s, which, according to a study conducted by the WWF, impairs their capacity for reproduction.

The most significant problem is plastic’s high durability. A deadly ‘floating carpet’ of plastic has collected north west of Hawaii, which is the size of Central Europe.

Currently the only solution lies in recycling, Professor Michael Braungart suggests radical solutions, some of which are being taken up by well-known companies. No toxic materials should be used, and the individual components of a product should be separable from each other. But will this be in time?
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Year of release
2008
Subjects
Environmental science
Keywords
environmental issues; nature conservation; plastics; pollution by chemicals; recycling; endangered species

Credits

Director
Bertram Verhaag

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
26 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

Denkmal Films

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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