Plastic Planet’s director and producer Werner Boote shows us his journey across the globe to discover answers to his plastics questions. As a young boy, he was introduced to plastics earlier than most. His grandfather was one of the early manufacturers of plastic in Germany. Werner now wonders what exactly is in plastic and is it harmful. These are questions he poses to many world experts and lay people around the world.
What is in plastic? No one knows. It’s proprietary. I didn’t know that. Even the manufacturer of a beverage cannot know exactly what the bottle of their beverage contains.
In an eye-opening exercise, he asks several people to empty their houses of everything that contains plastic. Although the amounts vary, every person is surprised at the amount of plastic in their homes. Even the hut in India contains plastic.
Werner interviews several people from Europe. It was interesting for me to see that Europe deals with the plastic problem just as America does. It was very interesting and disturbing at the same time to see mostly non-US citizens, companies and the like talk about (or deny as the case may be) the problems with plastics. I am so used to seeing US companies driving the “you don’t need to know, it’s OK trust us” train. I am not sure if I feel better or worse knowing it’s happening in Europe too.
Honestly, I found Bag It more interesting and relate-able. And, I dislike admitting this, but the subtitles and heavy accents of some of the interviewees made it a little difficult for me to follow the film in certain spots. I had to concentrate on understanding the words that I might have missed the meaning. I sound like an entitled American. Certainly not what I mean, but that is how I felt.
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