Everything else – about 5 billion tons of plastic – is burned, buried in landfills or pollutes seas, rivers and the environment. The plastic will stay there for centuries, breaking down into smaller and smaller plastic particles that release harmful substances into water, soil and the food chain. Over 270 animal species suffer from entanglement or ingestion of this waste, with sea turtles, birds and mammals particularly at risk. Every year, hundreds of thousands of marine animals die from suffocation, suffocation or other contact with plastic waste.
Plastic waste is a threat not only to life in the oceans, but also to ourselves. In addition to being everywhere in the environment, there are also plastic particles in our bodies that we ingest through certain foods and beverages, including seafood, table salt, and even bottled water. This carries health risks that have not yet been fully assessed.
Plastic causes damage from the beginning to the end of its life cycle: from production to disposal. The film “Plastic History” reveals the dark side of the plastic industry and vividly shows the impacts on people from different parts of the world.