Do you know the name of one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time? The answer becomes clear at the end of this documentary: it’s the family household.
The topic of waste is sometimes perceived as abstract and remote. We know a little bit about waste separation, recycling and environmental pollution, but the real size of the problem is not always clear to us.
Garbage! brings this issue back to earth by filming an incredibly simple experiment that literally speaks for itself.
An average urban family is asked to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. This is what director Andrew Nisker got from the McDonalds, a Canadian family composed of father, mother and three kids. Their task is simple but clear: keep everything, including the packaging of the food and beverages consumed away from home. Only organic waste will be weighted and disposed of.
While the family basement fills up with garbage, the documentary takes us on a journey to discover where waste ends up and what implications it has on the environment.
Footage of everyday life, with its mistakes and contradictions, alternates with interviews to experts and contributions by people who experience unacceptable environmental pollution.
If you’re interested in knowing more about actions and minor changes to your lifestyle that can make you a little less “predatory” upon the environment, the documentary will invite you to visit the Web site www.garbagerevolution.com.