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Plastic is Forever

A Film By Dylan D'Haeze

19 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 6 - Adult
Item #:KSP-1138

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First in the Kids Can Save the Planet Series

What happens when you throw plastic away? Dylan D'Haeze, a 13-year-old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, decides to find out by following plastic trash to its end source which is the ocean.  As the "downhill to everything", that great blue expanse serves as an unintentional dumping ground and a transportation system as countless pieces of plastic debris wash up on shores around the world. Marine life often ingest plastic debris which ends up affecting human health as those creatures end up on dinner plates.

The film also explores the history of plastics and how they came into wider use due to World War 2 as well as the science of plastics which breaks down the fact that they simply do not break down in nature.

Dylan emphasizes how fellow kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.


FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "The reason I decided to make my documentary was because awhile ago, my mom and I were down in California, and we saw all these exhibits about plastic pollution and how it affects the marine environment. And it really scared me! But I thought about it, and I decided that instead of being afraid, I would do something. So I made this documentary.

What I hope to have people do is first of all, recycle. The second thing is to follow the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But the best R that you can use that no one really knows about is Refuse. Because if you just refuse the plastic offered at the store then you don't need to do any other Rs! It's basically the only thing you have to do. So I really hope that people either refuse plastic whenever they can, or if they can't refuse it, they do the three Rs."
- Dylan D'Haeze
Plastic is Forever

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