Frontline's Plastic Wars
Plastic Pollution Virtual Film Series—Spring 2020
FRONTLINE and NPR team up to examine a mounting crisis: plastic waste in the environment. Despite efforts spreading across the country to reduce the use of plastic, the plastics industry is rapidly scaling up new production and promoting a familiar solution: recycling. But it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has ever been recycled. Plastic Wars, a joint investigation from FRONTLINE and NPR, reveals how plastic makers have publicly promoted recycling for decades, despite privately expressing doubts that widespread plastic recycling would ever be economically viable.
Suitable for highschool students and up, 55 minutes long
Watch on PBS or stream online beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:00 PM ET/ 9:00 PM CT. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/plastic-wars/