The protagonist of Reporters United’s story is the American lawyer who took on chemical industry giants in exposing the dangers of PFAS, the “eternal chemicals”, in the US. For nearly a quarter of a century, Bilott has been warning about the chemical’s massive worldwide use in our non-stick pans or waterproof jackets that has been the source of a pollution so persistent it has been dubbed “forever”. His life achievement was moved to the big screen in 2019 and was portrayed by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo in the film Dark Waters. We were inspired by the film’s aesthetic elements and created a design resembling a movie poster, merging our real-life and on-screen leading characters.
Bilott’s interview with Reporters United, Le Monde and NDR / Süddeutsche Zeitung, was part of the Forever Pollution investigation involving 18 media outlets across Europe.