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The Story of Plastic

Campaign group offers Chesterfield residents free-to-watch eye-opening documentary on global plastic pollution crisis. Single-use plastic campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is offering Chesterfield residents and workers an educational resource during lockdown, providing them with a link to watch the new eye-opening documentary 'The Story of Plastic' for free online.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC looks at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people that inhabit it. The film features interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of plastic pollution on our ecosystems – with the global movement rising up in response. With original animation, archival industry footage starting in the 1930s and first-person accounts, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet and its residents’ well-being. Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead, said: “We wanted to contribute to the Covid-19 crisis by offering people the chance to use the time being stuck at home during lockdown to learn about another crisis - plastic pollution - through a virtual community film screening of 'The Story Of Plastic'. 

To access the documentary, Chesterfield residents and workers will need to register via the group's Eventbrite page, where they will then get sent a one-time link of the film that is 95 minutes long. And now, when people sign up to watch, they'll be entered into a lucky draw to win an eco household prize from Chesterfield Plastic Free Champion business, Steph's Sustainable Stuff.

Following this, on Monday 18th May at 7.30pm, Plastic Free Chesterfield are hosting an online question and answer session via Zoom that will provide viewers a chance to discuss their experience and take action to end the plastic crisis [3]. Joining this call will be Chesterfield waste expert Jez Bannister of Aspire Waste Management. With 20 years experience in waste management for a market leading company, Jez now helps local businesses reduce their waste by providing local and cost effective waste solutions.

Greg continued: “The issues highlighted in The Story of Plastic illuminate how the decisions made locally can affect us globally. We are eager to highlight the solutions laid out in the film that will help make our world a cleaner and healthier place to live. The film also reveals how the plastics industry is simultaneously blaming wasteful consumers for plastic pollution and aggressively investing to produce more single-use plastic than ever before. Reclaiming the narrative, the film highlights that while cleanup is important to understanding the situation, the real solution lies in stopping the mass production of plastic in the first place.”

Words: Greg Hewitt of Plastic Free Chesterfield


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