18: Plastic-free movies

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If, like me, you’re a film fan, you’ve probably got lots of dvds around the house; maybe even videos for the serious old school movie buffs. I can honestly say that I own lots of films that I’ve seen more than 20 times each – seriously! I love my fave movies that much, but apparently that’s not normal!

Obviously, don’t throw out your favourite movies. I’m not going to. After all, if you plan to watch them often they’re not single-use, are they? But how many times have you picked up a cheap dvd on special offer at the checkout, just because it’s cheap? And how many times did you watch that bargain dvd? Once, and then it went to the charity shop, right? You may think you’re recycling, but really you’re just delaying that plastic going into landfill by moving yourself one step further away from the responsibility of it.

Well, here’s an idea: the next time you’re tempted to buy a dvd on special offer, ask yourself, ‘How many times will I watch this?’ If the answer is ‘just once,’ then consider saving your money and not buying it at all!

If it’s a recent film, treat yourself and go and watch it at the cinema. Make a night of it with some friends, perhaps. There’s nothing like watching a great movie on the big screen.  If it’s an older film, why not check your local public library to see if they have a copy you can borrow? If it’s not on the shelf, you can ask for it to be ordered from another branch. Most libraries in the UK lend dvds either for free or for a very small cost. And you’ll be supporting your local library at the same time.

Also, there are so many ways to watch movies (legally please!) online, not to mention the multiple channels on TV, both free and on subscription.

Of course, if it’s a real favourite movie, and you know you’re going to watch it again and again (as I have done with 12 Angry Men, Cabaret, Doctor Strangelove, to name just 3) then by all means buy a copy for your home library.

All that is being suggested is that you stop, think and ask yourself if you really need that cheap bit of plastic before you part with your hard-earned cash – even if it’s cheap!


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