The documentary Plastic in the Air sheds light on myths about recycling

A new documentary with a length of only 14 minutes is intended to have a lasting impact on people’s views on plastic.

Plastic has become so common that many people think they can’t live without it.

But a new documentary, Plastic in the Air, provides an update on the latest research into what plastic is costing the world to use, including the fact that people are now breathing nanoplastic particles out of the air, as well as some of the harmful myths surrounding recycling.

Developed by the team behind documentary A Plastic Ocean 2017, the 14-minute documentary is a collaboration between science presenter and environmentalist Matthew Shribman and campaign group Plastic Oceans UK.

Its aim is to drive a much faster reduction in plastic use, with the film expected to be shown in schools in the UK and other countries.

While Australia is grappling with a crisis in its recycling industry after China stopped accepting much of its waste, Shribman points out that recycling materials like plastic is not a solution.

“Single-use plastic has to stop: recycling is not enough, and containing our plastic waste is like trying to stuff a sleeping bag into a tiny styrofoam cup,” said Shribman.

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“Plastic is everywhere now: in the country, in the oceans and even in the air, with the air in London being full of plastic than Paris, Hamburg and Dongguan in China put together.

“I made this film in the hope that it would help bring about the changes necessary to combat this catastrophic plastic crisis.”

Plastic Oceans UK director Jo Ruxton said it is hoped the short running time of the documentary, which is available on YouTube, will make it more accessible.

Here are some disturbing facts about plastic that the documentation highlights:

PLASTIC CANNOT BE EASILY REMOVED FROM THE OCEAN

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not a solid garbage island, but an area of ​​billions of tiny plastic particles that cannot be scraped off the surface without also removing vital plankton and algae. And to top it all off, most plastics sink.

RECYCLING IS NOT THE ANSWER

Most plastics can only be recycled about 10 times before they become brittle and black with color mixes; and around 13 percent of UK recycling currently ends up in landfills.

‘ECO’ PLASTICS SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE

Many “biodegradable” plastics are actually tiny pieces of plastic held together by plant matter, while most “compostable” plastics are only broken down in industrial plants.

OCEAN PLASTICS POWERS AIR POLLUTION

We all breathe in plastic nanoparticles that can get into our bloodstream.

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