So you want to learn about plastics?

We all know we have a problem with plastics. But just how deep does the problem go? 

Plastics & waste can be a complicated issue. At every level, across the world, plastics pose a problem to people & the environment. But the good thing is, we are starting to become aware of this and there are a ton of resources to dive deeper into this multifaceted issue.

We’ve compiled a list of movies, tv shows and books to help you explore all things plastics. This is by no means an exhaustive list, there are tons of resources out there and more research coming out daily. But we hope this list can serve as a starting point. We know the only way forward is through a joint effort and it starts with education.

To learn more about our Problem with Plastics Project, click here

Movies/ TV Shows

Plastic Island, Netflix

Recycling Sham from Broken Docuseries, Netflix

The Story of Plastic, Apple TV 

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Apple TV

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, Apple TV

Going Circular, CuriosityStream

Bag It, Kanopy 

 On the internet

The Story of Stuff Plastic Documentaries 

The Paddle Against Plastic 

Plastic Wars, CBC

A Plastic Ocean, YouTube (or Apple TV)

A World Full of Plastic 



The circular economy: A new way to design, make, and use things

The Plastic Problem - A PBS NewsHour Documentary

 To rent

No Impact Man


Blue Planet II

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste


A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living – Lauren Carter and Oberon Carter

Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too – Beth Terry

Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution – Michiel Roscam Abbing

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story – Susan Freinkel

Quitting Plastic – Clara Williams Roldan and Louise Williams

Turning the Tide on Plastic – Lucy Siegle

Waste Not – Erin Rhoads

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash -- Edward Humes

 Children's Books

Seb and Polly Planet on their Ocean Quest – Michelle Cassar

Little Turtle Turns the Tide – Lauren Davies and Nico Williams

Our Publications 

The Lifecycle of Plastics

The Right To Repair & Why We Need It

Ontario Plan for Burning Garbage is a Hot Mess

Uprooting the Real Causes of Pollution

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