Waste Not, Want Not

Film Recommendation

Trashed (2012)

Something Rotten This Way Comes

Jeremy Irons takes us on a journey through our waste, as he investigates its impact on our world. This is a moving documentary that will hopefully encourage a greater awareness of our trash and what it does to people and wildlife around the planet.

There are indeed deeply saddening examples of those afflicted, as viewers bear witness to a small dose of the tremendous burden being carried by nature and the world’s poor. The documentary is effective in highlighting the glaring deficiency in the current status quo with regards our waste and the immense opportunity for it to be improved.

A kid literally swimming in waste.
Literally swimming in it.

Consider the Waste

Despite the focus on what we are doing wrong with in our waste management and overconsumption, Trashed is not a wholly depressing film. There are painful moments to be sure, but the filmmakers also present alternatives to how we address waste, and attempt to offer hope that we can learn from our mistakes.

Garbage gif.

An Opportunity for Improvement

We can do better! Humans have learned from other past mistakes and have been able to make improvements. It can be done with our trash. The first step is recognizing that there is a problem. That where this film can help. It is a profound and impassioned storytelling of our relationship with garbage. Trashed is certainly worth your time and attention.

Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.”
― G.K. Chesterton


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