Posted on: September 9, 2010

Free Screening of the Film "Tapped"

If you missed the recent screening of the popular
documentary "Tapped" at the Maui Film Festival, you'll be happy to know that you can still see it -- for free.


As part of our monthly Making Waves Lecture Series, Pacific Whale Foundation
will be screening "Tapped" on Thursday, September 16 at 6:00 pm at Pacific
Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, located downstairs at the Ma'alaea
Harbor Shops, next to Maui Ocean Center. The movie is free and open to all.

This award-winning movie examines the bottled water industry's effects on
our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. Directed by
Stephanie Soechtig, "Tapped" is by the producers of Who Killed the Electric
Car and I.O.U.S.A.

"The idea to make "Tapped" all began with the discovery of the plastic stew, twice the size of Texas located between San Francisco and Hawaii," wrote Stephanie Soechtig on "I remember the exact day our Executive Producer, Michelle Walrath sent me a link to a video of the Garbage Patch. All I could think was, 'How can people not know about this?"

"At the time, the Garbage Patch had two times as much plastic as it did
plankton. By the time we did our interview with the Captain who discovered
the Garbage Patch, Charles Moore, it had 46 times more plastic than
plankton," she notes.

"And now, as I sit down to write this, we are learning that there may be
four more similarly large garbage patches in our other oceans," says
Soechtig. "One newly discovered garbage patch sits hundreds of miles off the
North American coast. Although its east-west span is unknown, the patch
covers a region between 22 and 38 degrees north latitude < roughly the
distance from Cuba to Virginia."

"I had been naïve enough to think recycling alone was enough," she says.
"The only thing we can do is to stop putting plastic in to the ocean. Be
more aware of the way things are packaged, say no to plastic bags, don't buy
Styrofoam cups, order less take out (or bring your own containers when you
do), stop drinking bottled water, reduce, reuse, recycle and REFUSE

"We hope that the movie "Tapped" will inspire all to take the steps in their
daily lives to help protect our planet's oceans," says Tracy A. Jones,
Executive Director at Pacific Whale Foundation. "Come and watch it, and then
resolve to reduce your use of plastic; start by carrying a refillable water
bottle and foregoing plastic bags at the grocery store."

Pacific Whale Foundation was able to reduce its use of plastic in its
offices and on its boats by offering filtered water rather than bottled
water to guests and employees, choosing biodegradable/compostable products
to replace plastic bags, utensils, cups and plates and stocking the employee breakroom with reusable plates, cups and bowls -- and encouraging staff to bring them to their favorite take-out places at lunchtime.

Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series takes place on the
third Thursday of each month and features speakers and films about the ocean and our planet's environment. To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation,
visit or call (808) 249-8811.