As things stand right now, plastics are pretty indispensable in our day-to-day life. They’re everywhere, from the device you’re reading this on to the clothes you’re wearing. But they’re also extraordinarily bad for the environment, and we’re (hopefully) in the process of figuring out ways to use less of them.
Patagonia, a company that walks the walk, put together the film you see above. The Monster in Our Closet “uncovers the dangerous threads that connect the clothing industry to the oil and gas industry and what we can all do on the individual, business, and government levels to create the change that our planet needs.”
Want to hear something that’ll throw you for a loop? Basically every single piece of plastic ever made still exists in some way or another. Unless it’s been incinerated or launched into space, it’s still here. According to Patagonia, “less than 10 percent of plastic in the U.S. is actually recycled, 16 percent is burned, and the rest piles up in landfills.”