I’ve mentioned before that I’m the person who watches a documentary then wants to immediately take some sort of life changing action. There a so many examples of documentaries that have shaped the way I live my life, I wanted to take time to share them with you as well as cover the changes they’ve influenced in me. Instead of starting with a food one (because there are sooooo many food documentaries I could recommend), I’m going to start with the documentary that’s probably led to the biggest change in our lifestyle.

Plastic Paradise // A documentary worth watching. Covers where your plastic waste goes. (Hint: it doesn't just "go away" or get reused.)

What It’s About

From the website: Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

My Biggest Takeaways

Prior to this film I was aware of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but most of what I knew beyond the fact that it existed was based on assumptions. I mentally just kind of visualized it as a big ole thick patch of junk accumulated together and floating along. Turns out it’s not one big pile and that makes it even worse. The opportunity to visually explore the garbage alone makes the film worth watching.

I was grossly uninformed on pretty much everything about plastic. The amount of products using plastic…and the affects they’re having the on the environment are pretty shocking. With everything happening in the world today, it’s easy to forget we need to take care of not only the people but also the planet.

How To Implement Change

It’s obviously not possible to go from high plastic use to zero plastic use over night. After watching the documentary I honestly felt paralyzed by knowledge. I thought of all the plastic products in my home and the changes I needed to make. But then I feared that if I got rid of the plastic products, they would just end up in the ocean. I slowly got over my fear by taking smaller steps to cut back on plastic and other waste. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Stop getting/using the plastic straws that come with drinks. (They make up 33% of trash on beaches.)
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Always use reusable grocery bags.
  • Use what you have on hand before buying.
  • Transition to glass or other eco friendly storage containers.
  • Recycle.
  • Cut back on fast food, (the containers are just as bad as the food)

Where to watch it

How can you cut down on your plastic use?