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Addicted to Plastic


ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a feature-length documentary about solutions to plastic pollution. The point-of-view style documentary encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates.
The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a hopeful perspective about our future with plastic.


  • This Magazine
    "Thought provoking and eye opening...Each segment is more revealing and provocative than the one before it."
  • Booklist
    "Not merely a diatribe against overconsumption and littering, the program surveys how plastic is used, disposed of, and recycled into usable materials. A company in Texas makes railroad ties from melted plastic, and a Georgia carpet manufacturer creates new flooring from waste materials. In India and Africa, plastic bags are turned into handcrafted treasures. Plant-based renewable bioplastics are also discussed. Interviews with scientists, environmentalists, and developers on new ways to recycle and use plastics accent the accessible coverage...[Addicted to Plastic] offers much to ponder."
  • School Library Journal
    "Science, social science, and journalism classes can utilize this program for study and for debate. An essential addition for environmental collections."
  • Educational Media Reviews Online
    "Vividly describes the dangers of plastics pollution without promoting bitterness and resentment. All viewers, whether plastics producers or plastic consumers, can feel hope for the future by the time the credit rolls...Highly recommended for middle-school through adult viewers."
  • National Post
    "The thing that sets Addicted to Plastic apart from many other scary documentaries is that Connacher goes looking for workable solutions. Even before remarking, 'So, what's the answer?' his film has highlighted numerous individuals and companies that have developed creative remedies to the problem of plastic."
  • The New Observer
    "Militant without being moralist, teaching without being tedious, this documentary suggests possible answers."

Festival Participation

  • International Environmental Film Festival, Spain - 2009
    Golden Sun Award Best International Documentary
  • Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema, Spain - 2009
    Winner Youth Award
  • FICMA International Environmental Film Festival, Spain - 2009
    Golden Sun Award for Best International Documentary
  • Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil
 - 2008
    Audience Award for International Documentary
  • Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil
 - 2008
    Jury Award for International Documentary
  • Festival International du Film d'Environnement, France
 - 2008
    Coup de Coeur du Personnel de la Région Île de France
  • Coup de Coeur du Personnel de la Région Île de France - 2008
    Runner up Silver Snow Flake Award
  • Planet In Focus Film Festival, Canada - 2008
  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2008
Princeton Environmental Film Festival, USA - 2009
  • Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, USA - 2009
  • Powell River Film Festival, Canada - 2009
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nations Capital, USA - 2009
  • AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, USA - 2009
  • Yale Environmental Film Festival, USA - 2009
  • Hamilton ECO Film & Arts Festival, Canada - 2009
  • Documenta Madrid International Documentary Film Festival, Spain - 2009
  • International Documentary Film Festival DOCVILLE, Belgium - 2009
  • Dok.Fest, Germany - 2009
  • Reel Earth Film festival, New Zealand - 2009
  • Kiev International Film Festival, Ukraine - 2009
  • Dutch Environmental Film Festival, Netherlands - 2009
  • Ecofilms Rodos International Film Festival, Greece - 2009
  • Tri Continental Film Festival, South Africa - 2009
  • EBS Doc fest, Korea - 2009

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