Bribery, fraud and large-scale greenwashing: WHY PLASTIC


Plastic has pushed our planet to the brink of one of the worst environmental crises in modern history. It’s a topic shrouded in confusion and misleading information.

THE WHY Foundation decided to take a closer look at a material that is notoriously durable, affordable and multi-functional – yet harmful for our planet, health and climate. After three years of research, the three-part investigative documentary series WHY PLASTIC? was born.

A three-part documentary series investigating different aspects of plastic pollution

The Recycling Myth looks beyond the narrative the world has come to believe about recycling – the one that tells us that if we separate our trash and throw it in the recycling bin, everything will be fine, it’s all under control. Spoiler alert – it’s not.

Nina, a young plastic activist from Indonesia picks up plastic trash (The Recycling Myth). © a&o buero
Nina, a young plastic activist from Indonesia picks up plastic trash (The Recycling Myth). © a&o buero © a&o buero

“When investigating what really happens to our plastic waste, we quickly realised that we are not only dealing with some black sheep illegally shipping waste around the globe to increase profits,” say Tristan Chytroschek and Benedict Wermter, the Producer and Co-Director behind the film,”on the contrary: incinerating, exporting and dumping plastic waste is a multi-billion dollar industry. This includes well known, reputable recyclers and consumer goods brands. All of them are aware of how dysfunctional the so-called circular economy really is. No surprise that it did not take long for us to discover bribery, fraud and large-scale greenwashing.”

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