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Animated short film - Augmented Reality app - 2021
Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy

Short film Humanity's Impact explores the question:

'How many plastic bottles do we produce globally in real time?'

And the accompanying Augmented Reality app 

invites users to interact with the data on a personal level.

Before we made the highly successful film Wasteminster for Greenpeace, we made the pilot film Humanity's Impact. With the film, we wanted to explore if we could make visible the incredible data related to humanity's impact on our planet, putting a picture to the numbers.

Both the animated series and the accompanying augmented reality app unleash impressive data simulations, visualizing the tremendous scale in which our consumer culture operates.

The project aims to create awareness and inspire action towards a more sustainable future.

Animated Series

Did you know that globally, we produce about 1 million plastic bottles per minute?

What does that number even look like? This is what you're about to find out in Humanity's Impact.

Set in a 1960s American suburb test site that is populated with plastic test dummies, the film unleashes 20,000 bottles per second that crash onto the unknowing cast of dummies. The bottles burst through the kitchen window, and engulf the family dog. The suburban paradise is quickly flooded, revealing the terrifying scale and rate at which we pollute our planet. Only 9% of the overwhelming pile of plastic bottles actually gets recycled, the rest is dumped or burnt, or ends up in landfills and our oceans.

Directors Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy of Studio Birthplace

“The film aims to create an eye-opening experience to bring a new level of awareness that a number or statistic alone could never achieve. Understanding humanity’s impact on our planet is the first step towards change.”

Directors Sil & Jorik gave the dummy characters overly cheerful expressions that are reminiscent of 1960's ads. After all, it is largely due to the advertising industry that we have accepted single-use plastics in our society as 'normal'.

Directors Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy

"We believe that comedy can be a powerful tool to help tell some of the saddest stories in our world. It can allow for an easy way in with the audience and make it easier to call out the ugly side of our consumer culture. We created mannequin-like dummies that not only represent us but that also put up a mirror to us. It is easier to make fun of a plastic dummy rather than a real human, after all, it's only a dummy."

The visual language of the film is a peaceful approach towards activism that is both educational and entertaining. By putting a picture to the numbers, the film brings to life the unimaginable that couldn't be seen otherwise.


Attached to the film is a Call To Action from Plastic Pollution Coalition. It encourages audiences to back a  petition that tells our planet's biggest plastic bottles producer Coca-Cola that consumers DO NOT want their plastic bottles to pollute our planet.