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Plastic globe

An Austrian named Werner Boote has started a campaign against dangerous chemicals existing in plastic. In order to complete his documentary film “Plastic planet” he had to travel all over the world and meet many people.

His film starts with memories of his grandfather, a man that used to work in the plastic industry, for which he felt a great admiration at a time when many things around these materials were unknown.

In order to make his research, Werner Boote talked with scientists in the US and the UK who confirmed an increase in cancers related to the extended use of plastic, he met women in India who make a living out of separating trash that is to be recycled, he visited a plastics factory in China where the workers don’t take any measure as they handle the toxic materials with their bare hands. Finally he dealt with the aggressiveness of those who have interests in the industry of plastics.

In the various countries he visited, he asked typical local families to take out in the garden every plastic item they had in their household. It is impossible for one to describe how many thigs they had. The owners themselves couldn’t believe it!

Werner Boote also stressed a very important problem that can’t be easily discerned: that the oceans and the seas are full not only of large plastic pieces but of innumerable small ones as well. It is impossible to see the latter, so this makes our planet look like a plastic nightmare.

You can learn more about this story at his site.

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Lito Seizani

Lito Seizani is a translator and a writer. She studied Italian and did her post-graduate studies in the field of translation. As a translator she worked for various magazines and for a television channel. She has published four volumes of poetry, a book for children, and has translated among other things, books by Thomas Hardy and Giovanni Verga.  She works on a daily basis for www.peopleandideas.gr as editor and writer. Some of her texts you can also find at her website.

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