With the Night of San Joan #ZeroWaste event organised in collaboration with Es Racó de Ses Idees fast approaching, Save the Med is hosting a free screening of the documentary The Story of Plastic on Thursday June 18 to highlight the increasing problem of plastic pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be followed by an interactive online webinar with experts including Dr Nicolás Olea, one of the world's leading experts on the effects of plastics contaminants on human health.
In the midst of the crisis, we are observing a dangerous surge in the use and irresponsible disposal of single use plastic – the result of an erroneous belief that plastic packaging and sanitary products are safer than those made of reusable materials. Global plastic producers are opportunistically using human fear of catching or spreading the virus to increase their own profit.
At the same time, the drop in oil prices has resulted in extremely cheap virgin plastic, reducing the already low demand for recycled plastic even further and proving once again that we cannot recycle our way out of this problem.
It is now more important than ever that we question these tendencies and misleading adverts, opt for safe, sustainable and lasting solutions, and actively work to influence companies that are using the crisis to further increase the production of unnecessary and harmful products.
For this reason, it is the perfect time to highlight these issues, explore the history and industry of plastic and its effect on human health, the environment and our future with this open-to-all screening.
For safety reasons, this year Save the Med will not be organising the annual Night of San Joan beach event in Portitxol. Nevertheless, by watching the film and joining them for the webinar, you will discover what you can do as an individual and/or entrepreneur to reduce plastic production and pollution during and after the celebrations
Reserve your spot by clicking here.
Attendees will receive two links by email; one to watch the film before the discussion and another for the online discussion, to be held on Thursday June 18 at 7:00pm.