What would it take to live waste free? What would be the impact on the planet, and on our lives? The Clean Bin Project follows a couple, Jen and Grant, as they go head-to-head in an uplifting and often-humorous competition to see who can produce the least amount of garbage in an entire year.
Their rivalry presents the serious topics of modern consumption habits and waste reduction in a light-hearted, optimistic way that encourages viewers of all ages to consider what simple steps they can take in their own lives and communities.
As they move through the different seasons of the year, we witness the full range of challenges they face — from weekly shopping for groceries to holiday gift-giving — and the creative solutions they come up with.
Beyond avoiding toothpicks and making toothpaste from scratch, their competition includes a deeper examination of the sobering problem of waste in North America and how it contributes to major environmental concerns, such as climate change, ocean pollution and others. The film also looks at how and why our consumption habits have changed in the last few decades, contrasting the throw-away culture of today with times not long ago when people were more conscious of the resources they were using.
The creative projects of renowned artist Chris Jordan and an interview with marine pollution expert Captain Charles Moore help illustrate the problems caused by our wasteful habits, and the important contributions we can each make to solutions.
Running Time: 50 minutes
+ 77 Minutes on One Disc
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection
A film by Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer
Best Conservation Film, Bend Film Festival
Best of Show, Filmshift
Best Canadian Documentary, Projecting Change Film Festival
Blue Sky Tribute, Vail Film Festival
Mobi Award, Journalism/Media, Recycling Council of BC
Newport Beach Film Festival
Planet in Focus Film Festival
World Community Film Festival
Surrey Environmental Film Festival
Festival Surrey Environmental Film Festival