"Addicted to Plastic" screening


12:00 am - 2:00 am

Event Type

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Please join us for a reception and information-sharing session at 7pm. The film will begin at 8pm, and will be followed by a group discussion on plastic reduction and reuse facilitated by Steve Davis.

Screening cosponsored by the Honest Weight Food Coop and the Capital District Community Gardens.

Representatives from local plastic-alternative groups Ecovative Design, Ecolibrium, and Sonrise Diaper Service will be sharing information and demonstrating plastic-reduction strategies, at tables in the Sanctuary from 7 to 8pm.


No ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. What eventually happens to all the plastic in water bottles, packaging, and hundreds of other everyday uses? This documentary offers a visually compelling, entertaining, ultimately frightening explanation.

Polished and informative, this is a must see for anyone with the slightest grain of environmental concern. Director Ian Connacher packs a real punch as director-narrator. Say “NO!” to plastic today. After seeing this film, you will too. Click here to read more about the film.





    Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema, A Coruña,Galicia, Spain

  • Winner – Youth Award
    FICMA 2009 International Environmental Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

  • Winner – Golden Sun Award – Best International Documentary
    Sarajevo’s Eko-Oko Environmental Film Festival

  • Runner up – Silver Snow Flake Award
    Vancouver International Film Festival

  • Runner-Up – Audience Award for Most Popular Documentary Film
  • Runner-Up – NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
  • Runner-Up – VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award
    Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil

  • Winner – Audience Favourite for International Documentary
  • Winner – Jury Award for International Documentary
    Festival International du Film d’Environnement, Paris

  • Winner – Coup de Coeur du Personnel de la Région Île de France


Reviews and Comments

“For anyone who’s wondered what eventually happens to all the plastic in water bottles, packaging, and hundreds of other everyday uses, the feature-length documentary Addicted to Plastic offers a visually compelling, entertaining, ultimately frightening explanation…Candid interviews, especially a particularly revealing one with a representative of the industry’s American Plastics Council,permit viewers to form their own opinions. Connacher’s on-screen presence as a curious, energized hipster on a plastic road trip lends immediacy to his narrative and enables him to filter complex information and hypotheses into a manageable form that will provoke viewers without confusing them. All in all, Addicted to Plastic is an absorbing, shocking, only partially reassuring odyssey.”

— Jeffrey L. Meikle, Professor, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Author, American Plastic: A Cultural History

Addicted to Plastic was a wake-up call for me as a marine scientist. This film presents the viewers with a grim, realistic look at how the food chain is being affected due to plastic confetti invading nearly every square centimeter on earth. This documentary is a sort of eco-horror movie, detailing how persistent plastics sprinkled throughout the ocean and land carry chemical compounds up the food chain and onto our dinner plates. The word ‘bioaccumulation’ truly strikes home in a frightening and understandable way after viewing this film. Addicted to Plastic is a sobering must-see and needs to be shown at every educational level globally!”

— Dr. James M. Cervino, Assistant Professor, Biology and Health Sciences, Pace University, and Visiting Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Department of Marine Chemistry

Addicted to Plastic is a journey of discovery of what happens to the various plastics we use and what we can do about them. The documentary is riveting, disturbing, and even sometimes comforting. Everyone should see this important film.”

— Reah Janise Kauffman, Vice President, Earth Policy Institute

“Slick, hard-hitting, and even witty, this film with a message begins with a horror story — the pollution wrought by petrochemical plastics and their worldwide dispersal — and ends with a slim glimmer of hope in the work of scientists on bio-plastics. And when you see your first bio-degradable cellphone, you know this is, if not quite, round the corner at least in prospect of “the next decade or so” kind.
        Brilliantly edited, with a crisp text, and impressively filmed, this is a minor classic of its kind, avoiding easy targets (well, we’re all involved, even if you say “Paper” at the local shop) aside from the plastics industry, whose greed of course knows no bounds, but that, so it is predicted, will end up paying like the tobacco industry: in the meantime, of course, birds and fish ingest it, the oceans are becoming a chemical soup, the well-intentioned are conned: recycling makes nary a dent, because the stuff just won’t disappear, it comes baaack from the dead even as more and more is created everyday!”

— J.H. Stape, ReviewVancouver.org