Okay, I just have to ask. What is up with all the 3D movies?
The family decided to go to Toy Story 3-D this weekend. Before we even got there I was already questioning what the 3D glasses would be made of. My suspicions were correct. Plastic. As if that wasn't bad enough, they were individually wrapped in plastic bags. Ugh.
The theatre tried to pass them off as being "green". There was a sign posted to "keep the movies green" by recycling your glasses. Huh? Since when is plastic green? Even recycled plastic. Just hop on over to Fake Plastic Fish to learn about all the pitfalls of plastic and "downcycling".
The glasses were marked No. 4 (LDPE, low-density polyethylene). Not a number my municipality accepts. The theatre did have a recycling bin to collect the glasses. Notice no bin for the bags they were wrapped in. What a waste. There was a second bin with a sign stating "Recycle now, new glasses next time." Again, what a waste! Why waste all the energy, shipping, packaging, and resources to make a pair of glasses that sat on someone's face for two hours into the same pair of glasses only to be used for another two hours? Am I the only one going huh? Why not just hand out the glasses with your movie ticket (sans plastic bag) and collect them at the end to be reused for the next showing?
How much plastic is being produced for this one movie? One movie. During the previews no less than six upcoming movies were advertised, all being shown in Real-D (3D). Real-D. I don't need glasses to see in Fake-D. I just need my eyes. I saw no reason for Toy Story 3 to be shown in 3D. I got nothing more out of it. I was just annoyed by it. The whole time I wanted to take the glasses off.
At the end I begrudging placed my glasses in the collection box and heard a father tell their child to keep their glasses so they could use them at home on their TV. Yep, 3D TV. It's here. WTF?! Come on people. If you want to see things in 3D, look around. Life is 3D! Better yet, open your eyes and become truly aware. See that plastic bag floating right at you? Smell the oil on the beach? Feel the disgust over our wasteful ways? Why settle for artificial 3D when you can live in 4D?