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The Unplastify Playlist connects us with the topic of plastic pollution and makes us reflect on our relationship to plastic to inspire action. At a macro-level, consumerism exacerbates plastic waste generation. At a local level, many communities in the world are highly affected as a result of this problem. Collaboration, education and new business models are keys to designing systemic changes in order to transition into an unplastified world. Watch the films below and get inspired.
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“Out of Plastic” is a documentary film that sets out to explore the obscure depths of plastics in the Mediterranean. The film is set in the Balearic Islands, and offers viewers a moment to reflect on the profound presence of plastic in our lives and in our natural environment. The film also offers sweeping landscapes and mystic ocean depths – the point-of-encounter between man and nature – and intends to demonstrate how our over consumption of single-use plastic has tipped the scales, to the detriment of nature, and ultimately ourselves.
Director & Producer: Line Hadsbjerg
2018 | 19 min
Balearic Islands | Spain
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English
The Dandora Landfill is the largest of its kind in Kenya. It receives industrial, agricultural, commercial and medical waste, amounting to about 2,000 tonnes per day. It is estimated that more than a million people live in the vicinity of the landfill. Residents work informally, sorting scrap by hand and selling it to recycling plants on site. The plastic hills and canyons of Dandora represent not only an entirely human landscape but also an emerging microeconomy. Prolific and easy to obtain, waste plastic has become a resource on its own, to be mined and sold as source material. But so much of it cannot be re-used and will be left to congeal in landfills, spilling into our waterways and oceans, eventually forming a significant sediment layer in the strata of the planet, and marking the Anthropocene in geological time.
Director: Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Producer: Nicholas de Pencier, Nadia Tavazzani
2019 | 6 min
The Story of Stuff is a fast paced, fact-filled look at the often hidden underside of today’s globalized systems of production and consumption. It calls on viewers to help build a more sustainable, healthy and fair system.
Director: Louis Fox
2013 | 21 min
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there’s an island whose inhabitants subsistence depends on the sea. There has been an alarming decline of endemic species in their waters because of overfishing by international factory ships, as well as damaging plastic these same ships discard on their shores. This has led the Rapa Nui people to organize themselves. With an original soundtrack made by Ana Tijoux and narrated by Sylvia Earle, “Voices from the Sea” tells the story about the battle of a remote society to save the sea, and this action becomes an example of courage for the planet.
Director: Álvaro Farías
Producer: Amaro Gómez-Pablos
2015 | 36 min
Languages: Spanish, Rapa Nui, English
This film captures the three months of the DESMEEM project that took place in Lebanon in 2012. Designers and activists from Europe and the US traveled to Lebanon to work with local designers and activists to co-create user-centered solutions to social and environmental challenges. Each team took on one challenge and worked with a relevant local NGO to develop their research and test their prototypes.
Director: Doreen Toutikian
2012 | 20 min
Banners to Bags is a social and environmental entrepreneurship venture based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the story of their vision to create alternatives to plastic bags by designing durable and reusable bags from waste materials.
Director: Rohit Shakya
2012 | 7 min
How do you make the world listen? Founder of the Danish NGO Plastic Change International Henrik Beha Pedersen was sick and tired of seeing plastic in the oceans and decided to do something about it!
Director: Katrine Elvstrøm Krause & Søren Rosenørn
2018 | 4 min
There’s a lot of negative feelings about capitalism right now,” says Kris Lin-Bronner who is the Strategic Advisor of Dr. Bronner’s. Her words are indicative of the wide-scale erosion of trust between companies and consumers. It seems that, time and again, we unearth ugly truths behind the products we’ve come to love and trust. Is this a result of capitalism itself or is it the way in which capitalism has evolved?
Director: Cyrus Sutton
Producers: Charles Post, David Karr
2017 | 6 min
SUGGESTED LESSON PLAN: Unplastify Challenge
The Unplastify Challenge invites high school students across the world to explore the complex issue of plastic pollution by connecting emotionally and personally with the topic while inspiring action.