I was recently lucky enough to be invited to attend a screening of Plastic Oceans for the Bradford on Avon Plastic Free Communities initiative where in Green’s also held a pop-up there, and attendees were able to peruse our little stand before and after the screening. And I am very pleased to tell you that the auditorium was full to capacity and response to our concept store was extremely encouraging.
Before the film started, wine and snacks were served and we were able to speak with a number of local people and members of the Bradford on Avon Plastic Free Communities about plastic pollution and the problems it is causing and what can be done about it.
It was clear from the outset that there is a fervor to stop plastic pollution in this small town. It was also really refreshing to hear that so many people are turning their attention back to their local high street, to support local, independent businesses in their plight to reduce CO2, support the local economy and also have more autonomy over things such as using their own containers and avoid prepackaged foods. It seems to process of seeking out naked foods is leading us back to the original town/village layout: to small, independently owned businesses,personable and more accommodating to our needs than supermarkets often are!
Re-watching Plastic Oceans alongside people who had not seen it before, reminded me of the shock and impact it had on me the first time that I had seen the film. I could hear the gasps and murmurs during the film, and people were audibly moved and distressed at many points during the film.
I first saw it in January 2017. I had booked the tickets while in Dhaka, we returned and went straight to the Bristol Aquarium where the film was being shown and where Jo Ruxton was in attendance to answer our questions post screening. The demand to see the film was so high that another screening had to be added the following evening.
For me, the hardest parts of the film were seeing how our plastic habits were directly affecting wildlife. Not only was this painful to watch but it also made me angry because I sincerely think seeing this would make most of us seriously reassess our current habits that involve buying plastics. I was pleased to hear that the makers of the film are working on a schools edition which is due to be released summer 2019. Education is the key, because knowledge is power and raising awareness is vital to changing attitudes.
I have since seen the film a dozen times, each time I learn something new, and the shock of seeing what we’ve done to our planet doesn’t seem to feel any less emotive.
In fact it was after seeing Plastic Oceans in 2017, the urgency to get on with setting up an online concept store hit me!
It is really refreshing to learn that screenings of Plastic Oceans are still being shown across the country, and what’s more that attendance to this one at least, was so high!
Plastic Occean the film is on NetFlix if you have an account, or you can watch it HERE on YouTube
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