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Plastic People is a ground-breaking feature documentary that chronicles one woman’s mission to expose shocking new revelations about the impact of microplastics on human health. Science journalist Ziya Tong travels the world meeting with scientists who are sounding the alarm about this urgent health crisis.

This exciting documentary launches this spring with a world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival and in the lead up to the next global UN Plastic Pollution Treaty meeting which takes place in Ottawa. We need your support to get the word out about this film and to implement our solution-based impact campaign which aims to help raise awareness and take action on the increased evidence that microplastics are linked to serious diseases like cancer and infertility.  Please donate today.

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Plastic People

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Plastic People is a visionary documentary that reveals the newest evidence of the harmful effects of microplastics in the human body. The film follows Ziya Tong, renowned Canadian science journalist, as she travels the world to track down the story. Rick Smith, a leading expert on pollution and best-selling author of several books, including Slow Death by Rubber Duck, is an Executive Producer.

Produced by White Pine Pictures, Plastic People is a call to action. And we need your help to expand the reach of this film and spread the word about the human health impacts of microplastics, and how we can address this growing problem. 

Microplastics are microscopic toxic particles, forming an invisible layer of pollution, that have permeated the atmosphere and encircled the globe. These particles are now a permanent feature in our oceans, air, water, soil and food. More importantly, scientists are finding microplastics in our bodies: in human organs, blood, even in the placentas of new mothers. There is proof that babies are now born pre-polluted with microplastics.

This is a film unlike any other. We have all seen shocking images of sea mammals and turtles choking on plastic and the mountains of unrecyclable plastic piling up on beaches. We’ve read about plastic’s toxicity and the plastic industry’s plans to fight proposed laws to restrict disposable plastics. But Plastic People moves far beyond the issue of plastic pollution to exposing how microplastics have now infiltrated the human body and the growing evidence that they are linked to serious human diseases such as certain types of cancer and infertility.

There is no time to wait. Donate today and help us use this important film to fight the invisible specter of microplastics before it’s too late.