Saturday, March 24, 2012

Plastic Planet and the Steep Price of Your Water Bottle Addiction – must see

Plastic Planet in english by Werner Boote - full 1hr35min

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Director Werner Boote takes an up-close look at the plastics industry in order to explore whether the ubiquitous man-made material is a danger to human health. The grandson of a once-prominent plastics magnate, Boote became aware early on that the material we rely on to make our lives easy could also be poisoning our planet. Not only because a piece of plastic takes up to 500 years to deteriorate in the ground or water system, but also because studies indicate that frequent exposure can also lead to a variety of health problems in humans. In this film, Boote speaks with scientists, manufacturers, consumers, and government officials in 14 countries about the dangers of continued reliance on plastics, as well as alternatives that could lead to a cleaner world, and a healthier population. http://www.youtube.com/movie/plastic-planet


Plastic Planet and the Steep Price of Your Water Bottle Addiction
Comments By Ernest Hardy Wednesday, Jan 12 2011

The information presented in Werner Boote’s Plastic Planet is so important that the documentary is a must-see for anyone even remotely interested in the staggering health costs of plastic to humans and the planet itself, or in the backroom machinations that have squelched studies outlining the product’s deleterious side effects. That’s the upside.

The downside is that Boote, a discount Michael Moore, showboats so gratingly for the camera and tries so hard to set up “gotcha” moments for his slick corporate villains that he comes off worse than they do. (It doesn’t help that his line of questioning is frequently grade-school simplistic when he tries to hold subjects’ feet to the fire.) Still, when Boote gets out of the way, the film is illuminating and infuriating.

We learn the history and evolution of plastic (including Boote’s family connection) before plunging into a grim rollout of data, case studies, interviews, and globe-spanning locales that have been devastated by our crippling dependence on it. There’s much that’s unsettling in the film, but one especially ominous point is that the havoc wreaked on the sexual organs of fish is being mimicked in humans, with plastic as the very likely culprit.