Blue Vinyl

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10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Video
Abstract: 

This award winning documentary takes a look at the World's Second Largest Selling Plastic - polyvinyl chloride (PVC). With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand's hometown to America's vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of (PVC).

The result is a humorous but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry. What makes BLUE VINYL unique is the balance of humor and horror, facts and anecdotes, and the face off between cynicism and hope.

Although the film reveals a complex web of alleged corporate conspiracies and the tragic loss of human life from chemical exposure, BLUE VINYL also poses a refreshingly simple question: Is it possible to make products that never hurt anyone at any point of their life cycle when manufactured, when used, or when disposed of? With this reasonable question, Helfand turns her attention to her parents' modest, vinyl-sided home, where she attempts to convince her parents to take the vinyl off the house.

Produced 2002

Watch the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amz5RzVYpLo

Author: 
Transit Media
Topic Areas: 
Environmental Health
Pollution
Health
Industrial
Target Audience: 
Consumers
Grades 10-12
Higher Education
Adult
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
96 min.
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Quantity: 
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
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