The Story of Plastic is a documentary on plastics that can be used to inform, engage and inspire community actions on plastic. 

TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Government

KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The Story of Stuff Project has produced produced dozens of animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future.


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    As reported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2018, one million plastic bottles were bought around the world every minute, while five trillion single-use bags were discharged into the environment annually. Everyday, plastic waste negatively impacts the ecosystem, habitats, human health and sustainable development across the world. Despite the vast scale of the problem, the general public and other important stakeholders have not been adequately engaged and educated on how they can become part of the solution.



    The Story of Plastic (released on Earth Day 2020) is a production of The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair. Since 2007 the nonprofit's nine award-winning animated movies have garnered more than 50 million online views around the world and inspired a million-member global community to take action for systemic change.

    The Story of Plastic is just one project on plastics that can be used to inform, engage and inspire community actions on plastic. The Project also produced The Story of Microfibers, The Story of Where Recycled Plastic Ends Up, The Story of - Is Asia Responsible for Plastic Pollution, The Story of - How Much do You Now About Plastic Pollution, The Story of Water, The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Microbeads, among others.

    The Story of Stuff Project is:


    Their global, online Community of over 1 million Changemakers includes parents, community leaders, teachers and students, people of faith, entrepreneurs, scientists and others interested in creating a more healthy and just world. The interests and needs of their Community members deeply informs their work.


    Their movies and other media focus on the big, exciting innovations driving the environmental and social change we need, as well as the little things individuals and communities can do to make a difference. They call it ‘Growing Solutions’.


    They believe that dramatically increasing civic participation — not just refining consumer choices — is the key to unlocking the profound challenges we face. Their four-week Citizen Muscle Boot Camp program equips participants with the basic skills they need to organize and lead a local project. And their campaigns provide diverse, engaging opportunities for Community members to get involved, from the global level down to where they live and work.

    The Story of Stuff Project also provides tools to “change the story”, from media (podcasts, a book, a blog, and multiple video series), teaching tools for all ages, to small grants for grassroots groups all around the world to help amplify the efforts of changemakers on the frontlines.



    The Story of Stuff Project is a member of #breakfreefromplastic, a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. To learn more about the push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis, visit



    For the series of shorts and educational documentaries, please see:

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