It’s been 3 years since we did this project hardcore. Wow, time flies. Happy New Years! It looks like I am now a monthly blogger and though I hope to post more frequently, I’m not going to make a resolution about it. I am posting now though-aren’t you glad? Yippee!
Kyle and I finally watched Garbage! which was made around the time we finished our own project.It was a great documentary-it comes highly recommended by me. The premise, in case are not familiar with the movie, is that Andrew Niscar (the film maker) ropes friends into agreeing to keep all their garbage for three months, and also to allowing different experts into their home to explain what their consumption was doing to the world as a whole.I loved how each action was followed to it’s source-it un-abstracted the concept of cause and effect. I wanted the city wide composting segment to spell things out a bit more though. They explained that all the plastic gets sorted and put into landfill, but they didn’t go further to say what that means for diapers-they aren’t compostable at all. They are just getting a detour to the composting centre to help the waste diversion numbers.
I can understand why he wanted the family to try and continue their regular output, so viewers could see what an average person is doing to the earth and our health, but I don’t think I could have done it. The project was different from ours and I think perhaps more accessible to people because the protagonists were regular people, rather than “Weirdy Beardy’s” like Kyle and I (the same person who introduced me to that phrase also called us side show freaks, but that’s kind off of topic). I also had a few questions, like Why didn’t Andrew Niskar keep his own garbage for three months instead of roping his friend’s into it, and what are they doing to change in their output now?
Most of the facts in the film were very familiar to me, but I did learn one thing that shocked and disappointed me, but at the same time fueled me opinion that recycling is not the answer. Tetra Packs with the little plastic spout will not be recycled unless that spout is cut of first and thrown out. I am going to write the company that makes Yu rice milk and ask them to change the packaging. The old style of Tetra Pack is just fine. Even better, maybe I should go back to making our own rice milk….with the amount of cheese and yogurt we have been consuming we probably don’t need the calcium enriched beverage anymore.