Posted on: August 31, 2010

Free Screening of the Movie

MA'ALAEA, HI -- What does bottled water have to do with the health of our planet's oceans? Plenty, as you'll discover, when you attend the free screening of the movie "Tapped," hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation in honor of World Oceans Day on Tuesday, June 8.

The documentary will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Kihei Charter School Auditorium at 300 Ohukai Road, Suite #209, Kihei. Pacific Whale Foundation has underwritten the cost of bringing Tapped to the screen on Maui. Admission is free and open to all. A donation of $5 is suggested, but not required.

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 plastic."

Established by the United Nations, World Oceans Day offers an opportunity for learning about our world's oceans and our personal connection to the sea. The goal of World Oceans Day is to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and to help individuals everywhere consider the important ways we can all help to protect our planet's oceans.

"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 Jones, Executive Director at Pacific Whale Foundation. "Reducing your use of plastic is a huge step that you can take, whether you resolve to carry a reusable water bottle or forego plastic bags at the grocery store."

To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, visit