Save Our Habitat: Our Review of ‘The Issue with Tissue’

Posted in Theatrical by - April 07, 2023
Save Our Habitat: Our Review of ‘The Issue with Tissue’

Tissue paper was a big subject of discourse during the pandemic’s early days. But it’s safe to assume that Western society still sees it as a necessity. We never think of where it comes from, what the consequences are of consuming these products. What some companies do to create these products, and whether or not the resources these companies use to make tissue paper are finite. The Issue with Tissue¬†touches of a lot of these issues. It does this while making many, if not too many, statements at once. Its first main argument is a truthful one. It’s is that big conglomerates use the lumber from Canada’s Boreal forests to make tissue in an unsustainable way. And it does it at the expense of the caribou. The caribou are a species that we can use as a bell weather for the health of the forest.

Tissue, a film that requires its viewers’ attention span, moves on from the caribou It discusses how logging companies find their way to get exemptions from Canada’ environmental laws. It then changes topic to show how these practices have existed since Western colonialization of Canada. These practices have its association with Canada’s genocidal policies against the forests’ inhabitants – Canada’s First Nations population. Director Michael Zelniker is wise enough to use First Nations voices since they’re more effective in raising awareness towards environmental causes. But by this time in the film, it feels like its veering off topic and it might take a while for it to get back on track. I’m not suggesting that this film needs less First Nations voices. Maybe the documentary’s format is the problem.

I find that maybe this large topic and its other subtopics doesn’t perfectly play in a feature length and it may play better as a miniseries. There may even be topics that make make its viewers relate to the subjects more. Paper is everywhere but companies don’t take advantage of recyclable materials. As I write this though, the statements here are shocking enough to make this film passable. I wrote in a previous paragraph about the kind of techniques that logging companies and pulp mills use to intimidate activists, and that reveal among many sticks with me. I have three rolls of tissue paper, two rolls of paper towels, and one box of Kleenex in my apartment. Those items, come to think of it, aren’t necessary. Whoever reading this should remind me to not buy when I run out.

The Issue with Tissue is out in select Canadian theatres. Also, click here to see which tissue brands are Boreal friendly.

  • Release Date: 4/7/2023
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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watches movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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