For the first time, Coca-Cola has revealed its used three million tonnes of plastic packaging in one year. It seems more urgent and necessary for companies and governments to do more to tackle plastic pollution. After then 150 companies are pledging to reduce their plastic usage as a part of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s commitment to reduce plastic pollution. In January 2018, Coca-Cola made an ambitious announcement promised a "world without waste” by 2030. But does it really do that? Is recycling really a way out?
A documentary shows that a biologist has often found plastic stuff in the stomach of fish, even those living at a depth of about 200 to 1400 meters. One common plastic she found is water bottles. According to the labels, they locate DASANI, one of the world’s best-selling bottled water brands, a brand belonging to Coca-Cola group.
Then the documentary shows in Tanzania, for example, far from the company's American headquarters, a different picture emerges. Everyone waits for red-and-white buses and walks alongside red-and-white walls, and the Coca-Cola logo is everywhere. It seems that history is repeating itself here. It is doing what it did in the United States 50 years ago. Coca-Cola has been continuously replacing glass bottles with plastic ones since 2013. Coca-Cola Vice President Michael Goltzman tries to play down the problem, saying it’s not the plastic bottles themselves that are the problem, but the lack of suitable infrastructure in Tanzania.
Some say that the only way to stop them from producing plastic bottles is to stop buying coca-cola and other similar products. Some say Coca-Cola is poisoning twice, first with the liquid that they call beverage and second with the plastic bottles.
By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Ten tons of plastic are produced every second. Sooner or later, a tenth of that will end up in the oceans. Then what can we do and what do we want to do in this case?
This documentary shows you what a surf photographer has seen and found along his journey of discovery to educate himself and understand more about the plastic pollution problem. Plastic Pollution is a very real threat to the future of our planet, the animals that inhabit our oceans and ultimately the human race. The problem is far worse than it seems on the surface and we need to act now to ensure we protect the future for ourselves and our planet.
The UK, like most developed nations, produces more waste than it can process at home: 230m tonnes a year – about 1.1kg per person per day. (The US, the world’s most wasteful nation, produces 2kg per person per day.) Quickly, the market began flooding any country that would take the trash: Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, countries with some of the world’s highest rates of what researchers call “waste mismanagement” – rubbish left or burned in open landfills, illegal sites or facilities with inadequate reporting, making its final fate difficult to trace. No one wants it.
The insightful and compelling documentary starts off by several piles of plastic waste stuck in the logjam and something confusing during the recycling process. People have put plastic waste in their recycling bins and thought it was gonna be recycled. But the truth is that they are just relocated. Thousands of tons of plastic scrap collected for recycling from British households have been transported and dumped on sites across the world.
This documentary follows the trail of the UK's plastic waste through the country and around the world. It talks about China who has an increasing need to import packaging plastic waste and process for its manufacturing industry, especially those with high quality. However, its people worry about it. Some commented that “They have known this for more than 7 years that only 3% of all plastic that has been sent to China actually gets recycled. I’m glad that China has finally put their foot down and said enough no more contaminated plastic.”
The cost of moving the waste to other countries is obviously much cheaper and easier than recycling. When no country takes plastic waste, where would it go? We need an ultimate solution to this problem.
Modern life would be impossible without plastic but we have long since lost control over our invention. Plastic is easy to be mass-produced and its raw materials are available in vast amounts and incredibly cheap. Today, almost everything is at least partly made from plastic, such as our clothes, phones, computers, furniture, appliances, houses and cars. And why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers?
40% of plastics are used for packaging. In the U.S., packaging makes up 1/3 of all the waste that is generated annually, but only 9% was recycled. Most end up in the ocean. 90% of seabirds had eaten plastic in 2015. This animated video tells you how humans are turning the world into plastic and how to deal with it in a funny and clear way.