What happens to your single use bottles when you throw them away? Jacob's latest film, One Man's Trash, answers that question, along with showing us the unintended impact of our recycling and usage choices. Released on Earth Day 2019, this is Jacob's second foray into the environmental cause. His prior film, You Reap What You Sow, was an official selection 23 times at various film festivals and won 11 awards. One Mans Trash has been an Official Selection at 7 film festivals so far.
by Debra Winter/The Atlantic
Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might sort these items into their designated bins or bags, but once we lose sight of the recyclables, the rest of the process is an abstraction. Recycling makes us feel good, but few of us know what actually happens to a plastic bottle after we drop it into a bin.
by Vanessa Wong/BuzzFeed News
If you consider every plastic soda, water, or juice bottle you’ve ever used, you might assume that because the label says it’s a recyclable bottle that the bottle itself is made of recycled plastic too. But this is hardly ever true.
by Consumer Reports/Washington Post
For anyone living in the United States in 2019, plastic is nearly impossible to avoid: It lines soup cans, leaches out of storage containers, hides in household dust, and is found inside of toys, electronics, shampoo, cosmetics and countless other products. It’s used to make thousands of single-use items, from grocery bags to forks to candy wrappers.
by Sharyn Alfonsi/CBS News
Take a look around, odds are you're surrounded by plastic. It's in our kitchens and in our bedrooms, it keeps our food fresh and our medicine safe. It is, in many ways, a miracle product. Cheap to produce and virtually indestructible. Yet plastic's blessings are also a curse. That water bottle we use once and throw away will be with us for generations. There are campaigns to limit this plastic plague, with bans on bags and straws, and yet around the world, it continues to pile up, seeping into our rivers and streams and turning our oceans into a vast garbage dump.
by Sarah Zhang/The Atlantic
Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.
by Julie Compton/NBC News
Few of our plastics make it to recycling centers — the Environmental Protection Agency reported in 2015 that just 9 percent of all plastics were recycled.