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Plastic is a revolutionary material. It’s durable, has many uses and it’s incredibly affordable. But what makes plastic so great has also pushed our planet to the brink of one of the worst environmental crises in history. Plastic breaks down into micro and nano particles, its many shapes make it indistinguishable to wildlife and its low cost means we have produced far, far too much.

WHY PLASTIC? is a documentary series made up of 3 films and 10 short-films (COMING 2021), each investigating a different angle of plastic pollution, it causes, effects and possible solutions. We will bust the myths and misinformation and take a close look at the current scientific status quo regarding plastics impact on health, the environment and solutions to the problem. What do we really know about the plastic trash we are slowly drowning in?

IN PRODUCTION

Plastic is a revolutionary material. It’s durable, has many uses and it’s incredibly affordable. But what makes plastic so great has also pushed our planet to the brink of one of the worst environmental crises in history. Plastic breaks down into micro and nano particles, its many shapes make it indistinguishable to wildlife and its low cost means we have produced far, far too much.

WHY PLASTIC? is a documentary series made up of 3 films and 10 short-films (COMING 2021), each investigating a different angle of plastic pollution, it causes, effects and possible solutions. We will bust the myths and misinformation and take a close look at the current scientific status quo regarding plastics impact on health, the environment and solutions to the problem. What do we really know about the plastic trash we are slowly drowning in?

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WHY PLASTIC?
Campaign

WHY PLASTIC? campaign trailer

THE WHY presents WHY PLASTIC? an investigative media campaign about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to plastic pollution.

Plastic is a topic surrounded by a lot of confusion and misleading information. This documentary series will bust the myths and misinformation surrounding plastic and take a close look at what is fact and what is fiction. After researching, following the money together with financial experts, and talking to scientists, we are ready to present three cutting-edge documentary films, unlike any plastic documentaries made before. WHY PLASTIC? consists of three one-hour investigative documentary films that will be broadcasted at BBC and our 70+ broadcasting partners all over the world. They will also be made available free of charge to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and community organizations. The films will complement each other and provide a holistic overview as well as in-depth stories of plastic pollution.

WHY PLASTIC?
Documentary

American Plastic

Alice Perman

In Production

Big industry’s agenda: profit from plastic

In this investigative story, we will uncover the plastic industry’s cynical hunt to continue making profit on a planet ridden by environmental problems. We will meet local communities as they try to fight the plastic related problems that literally pile up around them - as well as what the industry is doing to fight any changes to “business as usual”. Due to the sensitivity of this project, we are unable to reveal more at this moment.

WHY PLASTIC?
Documentary

The Recycling Lie

Carsten Stormer

In Production

Do you know what happens with your plastic trash?

In The Recycling Lie, we uncover the depressing truth about what happens to plastic trash once it’s been put in the recycling bin. We set up an experiment and put tiny radio transmitters inside our recycling bags. Hidden in bottles, wrapped in foil and put inside Tetra Paks, our probes go on an astonishing journey around the world. Since China banned the import of plastic trash in 2018, South East Asian countries such as the Philippines have been flooded with European plastic trash. The effects have been devastating on the environment and the health of the millions of poor dealing with plastic in makeshift, dangerous facilities. Meanwhile, the German recycling market is worth € 76 billion per year. This film is an investigative journey. We join our filmmaker and his team of international investigators while they debunk the myths surrounding recycling schemes and uncover the cynical logic behind the global waste industry. We reveal who rakes in the profits and who picks up the bill.

WHY PLASTIC?
Documentary

We The Guinea Pigs

Louise Kjeldsen & Mikkel Clausen

In Production

The greatest biological experiment in the history of mankind

30 years ago, it was still widely argued that climate change was a scam. Today, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the climate crisis. With plastic, history is repeating itself. Since plastic became an integral part of our lives in the 50’s, we have produced more than 8 billion tons of it. Plastic was never meant for human consumption, but has nevertheless ended up in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. During the same period, seamen quality has declined with 50%, while breast and testicular cancer have increased markedly. Voices are now being raised within the scientific community saying that we are part of the largest biological experiment of all time. But similarly to the early climate scientists, they have been systematically discredited by experts paid for by the petrochemical industry. With the help of prominent scientists we will try to map out the adverse health effects of our plastic lives. It looks like we are all used as guinea pigs in a gigantic biological experiment – whether we like it or not.

WHY PLASTIC?
Short film

Short films

In Production

Animated short films that explain about plastic in an accessible way

The 3 one-hour WHY PLASTIC? documentary films will be accompanied by 10 short films of around 2 minutes each. These films will go further in depth into the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problems related to plastic. The films can be used by our partners in museums, libraries and educational institutions to highlight certain aspects of the issue, but they will also be used to give the campaign a compelling online presence. Some of the themes that will be explored in the short films are the history of plastic, single-use plastic and greenwashing.

WHY PLASTIC?
Campaign

The Dangers of Plastic to Human Health

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam to find out.

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam. There, scientists presented the first results from their research on the effects of micro and nano plastics on human health. The research is part of THE WHY new series WHY PLASTIC?, to be released in 2021. If you want to dig deeper, check out our article on plastic particles: https://www.thewhy.dk/news/the-many-dangers-of-micro-and-nano-plastic-particles-should-we-all-be-panicking

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American Plastic

Alice Perman

In Production

Big industry’s agenda: profit from plastic

In this investigative story, we will uncover the plastic industry’s cynical hunt to continue making profit on a planet ridden by environmental problems. We will meet local communities as they try to fight the plastic related problems that literally pile up around them - as well as what the industry is doing to fight any changes to “business as usual”. Due to the sensitivity of this project, we are unable to reveal more at this moment.

Short films

In Production

Animated short films that explain about plastic in an accessible way

The 3 one-hour WHY PLASTIC? documentary films will be accompanied by 10 short films of around 2 minutes each. These films will go further in depth into the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problems related to plastic. The films can be used by our partners in museums, libraries and educational institutions to highlight certain aspects of the issue, but they will also be used to give the campaign a compelling online presence. Some of the themes that will be explored in the short films are the history of plastic, single-use plastic and greenwashing.

The Dangers of Plastic to Human Health

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam to find out.

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam. There, scientists presented the first results from their research on the effects of micro and nano plastics on human health. The research is part of THE WHY new series WHY PLASTIC?, to be released in 2021. If you want to dig deeper, check out our article on plastic particles: https://www.thewhy.dk/news/the-many-dangers-of-micro-and-nano-plastic-particles-should-we-all-be-panicking

The Recycling Lie

Carsten Stormer

In Production

Do you know what happens with your plastic trash?

In The Recycling Lie, we uncover the depressing truth about what happens to plastic trash once it’s been put in the recycling bin. We set up an experiment and put tiny radio transmitters inside our recycling bags. Hidden in bottles, wrapped in foil and put inside Tetra Paks, our probes go on an astonishing journey around the world. Since China banned the import of plastic trash in 2018, South East Asian countries such as the Philippines have been flooded with European plastic trash. The effects have been devastating on the environment and the health of the millions of poor dealing with plastic in makeshift, dangerous facilities. Meanwhile, the German recycling market is worth € 76 billion per year. This film is an investigative journey. We join our filmmaker and his team of international investigators while they debunk the myths surrounding recycling schemes and uncover the cynical logic behind the global waste industry. We reveal who rakes in the profits and who picks up the bill.

WHY PLASTIC? campaign trailer

THE WHY presents WHY PLASTIC? an investigative media campaign about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to plastic pollution.

Plastic is a topic surrounded by a lot of confusion and misleading information. This documentary series will bust the myths and misinformation surrounding plastic and take a close look at what is fact and what is fiction. After researching, following the money together with financial experts, and talking to scientists, we are ready to present three cutting-edge documentary films, unlike any plastic documentaries made before. WHY PLASTIC? consists of three one-hour investigative documentary films that will be broadcasted at BBC and our 70+ broadcasting partners all over the world. They will also be made available free of charge to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and community organizations. The films will complement each other and provide a holistic overview as well as in-depth stories of plastic pollution.

We The Guinea Pigs

Louise Kjeldsen & Mikkel Clausen

In Production

The greatest biological experiment in the history of mankind

30 years ago, it was still widely argued that climate change was a scam. Today, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the climate crisis. With plastic, history is repeating itself. Since plastic became an integral part of our lives in the 50’s, we have produced more than 8 billion tons of it. Plastic was never meant for human consumption, but has nevertheless ended up in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. During the same period, seamen quality has declined with 50%, while breast and testicular cancer have increased markedly. Voices are now being raised within the scientific community saying that we are part of the largest biological experiment of all time. But similarly to the early climate scientists, they have been systematically discredited by experts paid for by the petrochemical industry. With the help of prominent scientists we will try to map out the adverse health effects of our plastic lives. It looks like we are all used as guinea pigs in a gigantic biological experiment – whether we like it or not.

American Plastic

Alice Perman

In Production

Big industry’s agenda: profit from plastic

In this investigative story, we will uncover the plastic industry’s cynical hunt to continue making profit on a planet ridden by environmental problems. We will meet local communities as they try to fight the plastic related problems that literally pile up around them - as well as what the industry is doing to fight any changes to “business as usual”. Due to the sensitivity of this project, we are unable to reveal more at this moment.

Short films

In Production

Animated short films that explain about plastic in an accessible way

The 3 one-hour WHY PLASTIC? documentary films will be accompanied by 10 short films of around 2 minutes each. These films will go further in depth into the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problems related to plastic. The films can be used by our partners in museums, libraries and educational institutions to highlight certain aspects of the issue, but they will also be used to give the campaign a compelling online presence. Some of the themes that will be explored in the short films are the history of plastic, single-use plastic and greenwashing.

The Dangers of Plastic to Human Health

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam to find out.

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam. There, scientists presented the first results from their research on the effects of micro and nano plastics on human health. The research is part of THE WHY new series WHY PLASTIC?, to be released in 2021. If you want to dig deeper, check out our article on plastic particles: https://www.thewhy.dk/news/the-many-dangers-of-micro-and-nano-plastic-particles-should-we-all-be-panicking

The Recycling Lie

Carsten Stormer

In Production

Do you know what happens with your plastic trash?

In The Recycling Lie, we uncover the depressing truth about what happens to plastic trash once it’s been put in the recycling bin. We set up an experiment and put tiny radio transmitters inside our recycling bags. Hidden in bottles, wrapped in foil and put inside Tetra Paks, our probes go on an astonishing journey around the world. Since China banned the import of plastic trash in 2018, South East Asian countries such as the Philippines have been flooded with European plastic trash. The effects have been devastating on the environment and the health of the millions of poor dealing with plastic in makeshift, dangerous facilities. Meanwhile, the German recycling market is worth € 76 billion per year. This film is an investigative journey. We join our filmmaker and his team of international investigators while they debunk the myths surrounding recycling schemes and uncover the cynical logic behind the global waste industry. We reveal who rakes in the profits and who picks up the bill.

WHY PLASTIC? campaign trailer

THE WHY presents WHY PLASTIC? an investigative media campaign about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to plastic pollution.

Plastic is a topic surrounded by a lot of confusion and misleading information. This documentary series will bust the myths and misinformation surrounding plastic and take a close look at what is fact and what is fiction. After researching, following the money together with financial experts, and talking to scientists, we are ready to present three cutting-edge documentary films, unlike any plastic documentaries made before. WHY PLASTIC? consists of three one-hour investigative documentary films that will be broadcasted at BBC and our 70+ broadcasting partners all over the world. They will also be made available free of charge to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and community organizations. The films will complement each other and provide a holistic overview as well as in-depth stories of plastic pollution.

We The Guinea Pigs

Louise Kjeldsen & Mikkel Clausen

In Production

The greatest biological experiment in the history of mankind

30 years ago, it was still widely argued that climate change was a scam. Today, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the climate crisis. With plastic, history is repeating itself. Since plastic became an integral part of our lives in the 50’s, we have produced more than 8 billion tons of it. Plastic was never meant for human consumption, but has nevertheless ended up in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. During the same period, seamen quality has declined with 50%, while breast and testicular cancer have increased markedly. Voices are now being raised within the scientific community saying that we are part of the largest biological experiment of all time. But similarly to the early climate scientists, they have been systematically discredited by experts paid for by the petrochemical industry. With the help of prominent scientists we will try to map out the adverse health effects of our plastic lives. It looks like we are all used as guinea pigs in a gigantic biological experiment – whether we like it or not.

American Plastic

Alice Perman

In Production

Big industry’s agenda: profit from plastic

In this investigative story, we will uncover the plastic industry’s cynical hunt to continue making profit on a planet ridden by environmental problems. We will meet local communities as they try to fight the plastic related problems that literally pile up around them - as well as what the industry is doing to fight any changes to “business as usual”. Due to the sensitivity of this project, we are unable to reveal more at this moment.

Short films

In Production

Animated short films that explain about plastic in an accessible way

The 3 one-hour WHY PLASTIC? documentary films will be accompanied by 10 short films of around 2 minutes each. These films will go further in depth into the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problems related to plastic. The films can be used by our partners in museums, libraries and educational institutions to highlight certain aspects of the issue, but they will also be used to give the campaign a compelling online presence. Some of the themes that will be explored in the short films are the history of plastic, single-use plastic and greenwashing.

The Dangers of Plastic to Human Health

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam to find out.

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam. There, scientists presented the first results from their research on the effects of micro and nano plastics on human health. The research is part of THE WHY new series WHY PLASTIC?, to be released in 2021. If you want to dig deeper, check out our article on plastic particles: https://www.thewhy.dk/news/the-many-dangers-of-micro-and-nano-plastic-particles-should-we-all-be-panicking

The Recycling Lie

Carsten Stormer

In Production

Do you know what happens with your plastic trash?

In The Recycling Lie, we uncover the depressing truth about what happens to plastic trash once it’s been put in the recycling bin. We set up an experiment and put tiny radio transmitters inside our recycling bags. Hidden in bottles, wrapped in foil and put inside Tetra Paks, our probes go on an astonishing journey around the world. Since China banned the import of plastic trash in 2018, South East Asian countries such as the Philippines have been flooded with European plastic trash. The effects have been devastating on the environment and the health of the millions of poor dealing with plastic in makeshift, dangerous facilities. Meanwhile, the German recycling market is worth € 76 billion per year. This film is an investigative journey. We join our filmmaker and his team of international investigators while they debunk the myths surrounding recycling schemes and uncover the cynical logic behind the global waste industry. We reveal who rakes in the profits and who picks up the bill.

WHY PLASTIC? campaign trailer

THE WHY presents WHY PLASTIC? an investigative media campaign about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to plastic pollution.

Plastic is a topic surrounded by a lot of confusion and misleading information. This documentary series will bust the myths and misinformation surrounding plastic and take a close look at what is fact and what is fiction. After researching, following the money together with financial experts, and talking to scientists, we are ready to present three cutting-edge documentary films, unlike any plastic documentaries made before. WHY PLASTIC? consists of three one-hour investigative documentary films that will be broadcasted at BBC and our 70+ broadcasting partners all over the world. They will also be made available free of charge to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and community organizations. The films will complement each other and provide a holistic overview as well as in-depth stories of plastic pollution.

We The Guinea Pigs

Louise Kjeldsen & Mikkel Clausen

In Production

The greatest biological experiment in the history of mankind

30 years ago, it was still widely argued that climate change was a scam. Today, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the climate crisis. With plastic, history is repeating itself. Since plastic became an integral part of our lives in the 50’s, we have produced more than 8 billion tons of it. Plastic was never meant for human consumption, but has nevertheless ended up in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. During the same period, seamen quality has declined with 50%, while breast and testicular cancer have increased markedly. Voices are now being raised within the scientific community saying that we are part of the largest biological experiment of all time. But similarly to the early climate scientists, they have been systematically discredited by experts paid for by the petrochemical industry. With the help of prominent scientists we will try to map out the adverse health effects of our plastic lives. It looks like we are all used as guinea pigs in a gigantic biological experiment – whether we like it or not.

American Plastic

Alice Perman

In Production

Big industry’s agenda: profit from plastic

In this investigative story, we will uncover the plastic industry’s cynical hunt to continue making profit on a planet ridden by environmental problems. We will meet local communities as they try to fight the plastic related problems that literally pile up around them - as well as what the industry is doing to fight any changes to “business as usual”. Due to the sensitivity of this project, we are unable to reveal more at this moment.

Short films

In Production

Animated short films that explain about plastic in an accessible way

The 3 one-hour WHY PLASTIC? documentary films will be accompanied by 10 short films of around 2 minutes each. These films will go further in depth into the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problems related to plastic. The films can be used by our partners in museums, libraries and educational institutions to highlight certain aspects of the issue, but they will also be used to give the campaign a compelling online presence. Some of the themes that will be explored in the short films are the history of plastic, single-use plastic and greenwashing.

The Dangers of Plastic to Human Health

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam to find out.

How much plastic is getting in to your body and affecting your health? THE WHY went to the Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam. There, scientists presented the first results from their research on the effects of micro and nano plastics on human health. The research is part of THE WHY new series WHY PLASTIC?, to be released in 2021. If you want to dig deeper, check out our article on plastic particles: https://www.thewhy.dk/news/the-many-dangers-of-micro-and-nano-plastic-particles-should-we-all-be-panicking

The Recycling Lie

Carsten Stormer

In Production

Do you know what happens with your plastic trash?

In The Recycling Lie, we uncover the depressing truth about what happens to plastic trash once it’s been put in the recycling bin. We set up an experiment and put tiny radio transmitters inside our recycling bags. Hidden in bottles, wrapped in foil and put inside Tetra Paks, our probes go on an astonishing journey around the world. Since China banned the import of plastic trash in 2018, South East Asian countries such as the Philippines have been flooded with European plastic trash. The effects have been devastating on the environment and the health of the millions of poor dealing with plastic in makeshift, dangerous facilities. Meanwhile, the German recycling market is worth € 76 billion per year. This film is an investigative journey. We join our filmmaker and his team of international investigators while they debunk the myths surrounding recycling schemes and uncover the cynical logic behind the global waste industry. We reveal who rakes in the profits and who picks up the bill.

WHY PLASTIC? campaign trailer

THE WHY presents WHY PLASTIC? an investigative media campaign about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to plastic pollution.

Plastic is a topic surrounded by a lot of confusion and misleading information. This documentary series will bust the myths and misinformation surrounding plastic and take a close look at what is fact and what is fiction. After researching, following the money together with financial experts, and talking to scientists, we are ready to present three cutting-edge documentary films, unlike any plastic documentaries made before. WHY PLASTIC? consists of three one-hour investigative documentary films that will be broadcasted at BBC and our 70+ broadcasting partners all over the world. They will also be made available free of charge to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and community organizations. The films will complement each other and provide a holistic overview as well as in-depth stories of plastic pollution.

We The Guinea Pigs

Louise Kjeldsen & Mikkel Clausen

In Production

The greatest biological experiment in the history of mankind

30 years ago, it was still widely argued that climate change was a scam. Today, 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the climate crisis. With plastic, history is repeating itself. Since plastic became an integral part of our lives in the 50’s, we have produced more than 8 billion tons of it. Plastic was never meant for human consumption, but has nevertheless ended up in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. During the same period, seamen quality has declined with 50%, while breast and testicular cancer have increased markedly. Voices are now being raised within the scientific community saying that we are part of the largest biological experiment of all time. But similarly to the early climate scientists, they have been systematically discredited by experts paid for by the petrochemical industry. With the help of prominent scientists we will try to map out the adverse health effects of our plastic lives. It looks like we are all used as guinea pigs in a gigantic biological experiment – whether we like it or not.

6 DOCUMENTARY FILMS /
70+ BROADCASTERS / 700 MILLION VIEWERS / LAUNCHING OCTOBER 2018

Using the power of strong storytelling as the foundation of the campaign, six compelling and informative documentary films will uncover the lives of men, women and children living as slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System in the Middle East or the prolific number of children bought and sold in India, the WHY SLAVERY? series will shine a light on the millions of lives lived in the shadow of enslavement.Following the unprecedented success of Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? THE WHY is creating a ground-breaking new cross-media project that asks why slavery remains so endemic in the 21st Century.We aim to create the largest ever public media campaign about modern slavery reaching an unprecedented number of people through broadcast partners, online engagement, and in public spaces like schools, libraries, museums factories, and even football stadiums.

What’s a Rich Text element?

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Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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