A Plastic Ocean

Craig Leeson/2016/100 min/Waste

FILM DESCRIPTION: In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. 

During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.

Friday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m. [Lake County]
College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St.,
Building A, Auditorium, Grayslake


Pre- and Post-Film: Join us at 5:30P and also after the film, for Conservation International's unique virtual reality short film, "Valen's Reef," filmed in the waters of eastern Indonesia’s Bird’s Head region

Join a representative from Shedd Aquarium and local plastic bag activist, Abby Goldberg at the action resource fair. Contribute to creating plastic sculptures that tell the story of our throw-away culture see how a filmmaker uses humor to change plastic bag behavior.

*Some images may be disturbing to younger viewers.

Saturday, March 11, 3-6 p.m. [Downtown]
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.,
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago


Please stay for post-film audience discussion and Q&A session with Jackie Grom, Conservation Partnerships & Programs Facilitator, Shedd Aquarium, as well as the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Refreshments and concrete opportunities for action will also be shared by Shedd Aquarium, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, New Life for Old Bags, the Chicago Park District, the Sierra Club, and others.

*Some images may be disturbing to younger viewers.