Poly Styrene - Margaret Atwood - George Carlin - Dominic Sandbrook TV - The Age of Stupid 2009 - The Graduate 1967 - Andy Warhol - Everyday Miracles TV - James Burke TV - The Majestic Plastic Bag 2010 - Mark Miodownik TV - Financial Times - Tonight TV - Simon Reeve TV - Secret World of Your Rubbish TV - Richard Clay TV -
139,053. I just thought that I’d write about all these plastic things because they seemed to be creeping in more and more … People don’t actually like it, but in order to cope with it, they develop a perverse kind of fondness for it. (Punk & Plastic) Poly Styrene, X-Ray Specs, cited Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche, Sky Arts 2021
48,667. We have to rethink our whole energy approach, which is hard to do because we’re so dependent on oil, not just for fuel but also plastic. If plastic vanished, there would be total chaos. We have to think quite carefully about using oil and its derivatives, because it’s not going to be around for ever. (Fuel & Energy & Oil & Plastic) Margaret Atwood
4,445. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place – the planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doing great; it’s been there over four billion years … Believe me, the planet has put up with much worse than us … The planet isn’t going anywhere, folks. We are. We’re going away. Pack your shit, we’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little styrofoam. The planet will be here and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation. Another closed-end biological mistake. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, and it will heal itself, because that’s what the planet does – it’s a self-correcting system. The air and water and earth recover and be renewed, and if plastic is not degradable, well, most likely, the Earth will include it in a new paradigm. Earth plus plastic. The Earth doesn’t share our prejudice against plastic. Plastic came out of the Earth; She probably sees it as one of her many children. In fact, it could be the reason the Earth allowed us to be spawned in the first place – it wanted plastic and didn’t know how to make it. It needed us. That could be the answer to our age-old question: why are we here? Plastic, assholes! (Comedy & Nature & Earth & Humanity & Meaning of Life & Save & Evolution & Plastic & Planet) George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty
31,596. By 1973 the great plastic boom is on. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Plastic) Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s II: Doomwatch 73-74
51,382. China is the new bad guy because they are building a new power station every four days. But a quarter of that energy makes stuff for us; western companies pay Chinese workers crap wages to make crap plastic toys then ship them to Europe and wrap them in more plastic. (Climate Science & China & Capitalism & Plastic) The Age of Stupid 2009 starring Pete Postlethwaite & Jehangir Wadia & Layefa Malin & Al Duvernay & Fernand Pareau & Jamila and Adnan Bayyoud & Piers Guy & Mark Lynas & Mohamed Nasheed & David King & George Monbiot & Richard Heinberg & Ed Miliband et al, director Franny Armstrong
51,383. Plastic toys and plastic wrap goes into plastic bags. (Climate Science & China & Capitalism & Plastic) ibid.
62,516. I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics. (Affair & Plastic) The Graduate 1967 ***** starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Brancroft & Katherine Ross & William Daniels & Murray Hamilton & Elizabeth Wilson & Buck Henry & Walter Brooke & Brian Avery & Norman Fell & Marion Lorne et al, director Mike Nichols
76,032. I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. (Hollywood & Los Angeles & Plastic) Andy Warhol
78,759. We know it simply as plastic ... The ultimate manufacturing material ... Plastic fibres ... Nylon ... (Home & Miracle & Materials & Invention & Manufacturing & Plastic) Everyday Miracles: The Genius of of Sofas, Stockings and Scanners I, BBC 2015
85,185. It’s as if we’ve suddenly changed our attitude to what ‘real’ meant, and recognised plastic for what it really is – something that permits us to own objects that we couldn’t possibly afford if they had to be made of the so-called real thing. So now it’s everywhere ... It’s a plastic world. James Burke, Connections: Eat, Drink & Be Merry s1e8, BBC 1978
109,038. The open plains of the asphalt jungle, home to many creatures great and small, and the pupping ground for one of the most clever and illustrious creatures – the plastic bag. Today we explore the cycle of life for this curious creature the plastic bag on its migration to its home – the Pacific Ocean. (Mockumentaries & Plastic) The Majestic Plastic Bag, short 2010, Youtube 3.59
109,039. Over the course of its miraculous migration the plastic bag will cover vast distances. (Mockumentaries & Plastic) ibid.
109,040. As at home in water as it is on land or in the air. (Mockumentaries & Plastic) ibid.
110,248. The material that’s perhaps our greatest achievement is something entirely artificial invented by us and created in the lab – plastic. (Plastic & Materials) Mark Miodownik, Plastic: How it Works, BBC 2017
110,249. We’re on the verge of creating a new generation of materials. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,250. As the industrial revolution swept across the globe it brought an insatiable demand for new materials. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,251. The race was on to find something to replace ivory. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,252. Celluloid – and it would turn out to be the world’s first practical plastic. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,253. It could be made extremely flexible and sensitive to light … the dawn of cinema. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,254. He [Baekeland] named his new plastic Bakelite. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,255. Graphene: it’s the strongest material we know, two hundred times stronger than steel. (Plastic & Materials) ibid.
110,495. Kenyans risk 4 years’ prison for using plastic bags in world’s toughest ban. (Plastic & Kenya) Financial Times report 29th August 2017
116,314. Tonight: turning the tide of plastic waste. Cashing in on what we throw away. How easy is it to get recycling right? And could we live without plastic entirely? Tonight: Plastic: Can You Live Without It? ITV 2018
116,315. Plastic waste is polluting our planet’s rivers and oceans. ibid.
116,316. We recycle less than half of all of the different types of plastic we use. ibid.
116,317. Black plastic is a bit of an issue. ibid.
125,579. Tonight: what’s going on with our waste? Why are parts of the country being used as a dumping ground for rubbish? What impact is our waste having? And do you know what you can and cannot recycle? (Rubbish & Plastic) Tonight: Rubbish: Britain’s Tipping Point, ITV 2019
125,581. Black plastic packaging is one of the biggest problems. (Rubbish & Plastic) ibid.
125,582. Much of our plastic waste end up in countries in east Asia like Indonesia. (Rubbish & Plastic) ibid.
122,085. An estimated 730 tons of plastic waste is now entering the Mediterranean every day. (Mediterranean & Plastic) Mediterranean with Simon Reeve IV, BBC 2018
127,743. Hong Kong: This is absolutely astonishing. I never thought we would see this. It’s sitting here doing nothing … People have put this in their recycling bins; they thought it was going to be recycled and yet it’s just stuck in this log-jam. (Recycling & Plastic & Hong Kong) Dirty Business: What Really Happens to Your Recycling, Sky News 2018
127,744. We produce twenty times more plastic today than we did fifty years ago. (Recycling & Plastic) ibid.
127,745. A system that pushes the problem off our shores. The end result: plastic piling up and it isn’t going away. (Recycling & Plastic) ibid.
127,746. China: whole villages grew dedicated to sorting through the world’s dirty plastic. (Recycling & Plastic) ibid.
127,747. In July 2017 China rocked the recycling world by announcing it would impose tough restrictions on the import of foreign waste. They called it National Sword. (Recycling & Plastic) ibid.
135,539. We Brits generate over one and half million tons of plastic waste, much of which ends up buried in landfill or being burned from energy and waste plants. (Rubbish & Recycling & Plastic) Secret World of Your Rubbish s2e4, Channel 5 2020
136,670. Today, the myth of plastic has taken a full U-turn from the wonder material of the 1950s to poisonous waste of the 20th century. (Philosophy & Culture & 21st Century & Mythology & Plastic) 21st Century Mythologies with Richard Clay, BBC 2020