With a focus on plastic pollution, the films on the EcoKino platform inspire discussions on consumer behavior, corporate greed and the importance of limiting single-use plastic.
By Rowan El Shimi
It’s a hot summer day in July. Thirty or so youth gather at DEDI for the screening of The Recycling Myth, a documentary revealing the realities of global recycling efforts and how it’s more sinister than it seems.
This film takes a close look at an industry that is working to hide the consequences of the plastic problem rather than actually solve it. The film shows how garbage brokers illegally dump plastic waste abroad, industries that make money from incinerating garbage, and mafia networks that now make as much money from smuggling garbage as they do from human trafficking. The film also shows how some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies use recycling as an excuse to continue polluting without consequences.
“The title of the documentary, ‘The Recycling Myth’ made me want to know what the myth would be. I didn’t expect that recycling would be an industry for greenwashing and not a movement that works for supporting the environment. It’s manipulative and awful. I’m shocked by what I’ve watched,” Aya Fayez, a Mass Communication Student who attended the screening says.