The Story of Plastic

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Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming man-made crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to reveal the disastrous impact of the continued manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge which threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Available within the additional streaming library from April 18-25, accessible to Virtual Passholders.


  • Director: Deia Schlosberg

  • Producer: Deia Schosberg, Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, and Kyle Cadotte

  • Duration: 1 hr 29min

  • Category: Sustainable Planet


Visit The Story of Stuff's website to learn more about the plastic crisis plus how you can learn more.

Read Recycling is Not Enough, It’s time to rethink how to solve the plastic waste crisis or Trash in America: Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System.
Lesson plan: United Nations plastic pollution activities