The Story of Plastic—Screening and Panel

The team here at This Sustainable Life is hosting a screening of The Story of Plastic. This is a test landing page.

About the film


THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

Here’s a trailer:

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We will host a panel of experts in various aspects of plastic and what to do about it:

  • Vincent Stanley, at Patagonia since its start in 1973, currently Director of Philosophy, formerly holding executive roles as head of sales or marketing. Cowrote with founder Yvon Chouinard The Responsible Company. Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
  • J. B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World — a bestseller and winner, US Green Prize for Sustainable Literature — and The 100-Mile Diet — a bestseller widely recognized as a catalyst of the local foods movement. Writes for the New Yorker, National Geographic, and more.
  • Dawn Riley, Americas Cup winner who trains Olympians, played in the inspiring movie Maiden about the first all-woman crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, and has aided scientists in measuring ocean plastic, having seen it grow over her decades sailing.
  • Bethany McLean, wrote Saudi America, on the business of fracking, one of the main sources of the plastic boom. She also broke the Enron story in Fortune, later writing The Smartest Guys in the Room that became an Oscar-nominated movie. She worked with Malcolm Gladwell to start Pushkin Industries.

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