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How To Live Without Plastic

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A See Through News open source media project

How To Live Without Plastic: John and Bruce.
How To Live Without Plastic: Bread & Water

How To Live Without Plastic Concept

This media literacy project’s concept is simple.

  • Video anyone born before, say, 1960, and ask what life was like before plastic invaded everyday life.
  • Upload it to form a global database.
  • Anyone can then cut up, edit, suck data from, and generally explore this database to seek guidance on how to revert to a sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t depend on fossil fuel extraction.

Part informal oral history, part guide to a sustainable future.  How To Live Without Plastic is a crowdsourced social media video project.

See Through News provides simple technical and methodological instructions, and an online infrastructure using Facebook, YouTube, TikTok etc. 

Our Facebook Group can be found here, and our YouTube Playlist here.

HTLWP as part of our community filmmaking project

As part of the pilot version of See Through News’s community filmmaking pilot project ‘1 Sunday Morning, 4 Films’, we trained local community volunteers in the basics of filmmaking.

One of them, James Hurst, added a personal touch in the form of his introduction, but then followed the How To Live Without Plastic format described here, on our Facebook Group, and on our YouTube channel playlist, to fascinating and entertaining effect.

James’ film, which shows how residents of Finchley, north London, managed to live without plastic. Interestingly many of them spoke about how everything used to be delivered. These days, we’re starting to see the negative impacts of one-click delivery to our doors by vehicles on carbon output, pollution and traffic, but as these old Finchley residents tell us, it doesn’t have to be that way…