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Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home

Runtime: 76m 47s | Release date: 2007

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home is a documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time.

With his first son just born, filmmaker Andrew Nisker is very concerned with the state of our planet. As the average household level of consumption rises, so does the astronomical amount of waste we collectively create. Are we turning the earth into one giant garbage can? Determined to understand the damage we are doing, Nisker enlists the average urban family, the McDonalds, to keep every scrap of garbage that they produce for three months in their increasingly smelly garage. From organic waste to dirty diapers, from plastic bottles to Christmas wrapping, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet.

Featuring:
Glen McDonald
Michele McDonald
Ariel McDonald
Andrew Nisker

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John Bolton | 1 year, 10 months ago
One young lady gave a TED talk on how she eliminated most waste from here life. See this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg

She also makes recommendations on here website of products to substitute. See these:

http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/08/zero-waste-alternatives-ultimate-list.html

The rule is to choose wood, preferably bamboo, Glass or Metal (e.g. Tin or Aluminum) over plastics. Glass and Metal are easily recyclable. Bamboo is strong resilient has antibacterial properties and bamboo grows incredibly quickly.

Focus first on the worst offenders that are the easiest to solve e.g. Plastic bags and plastic bottles. Buy cotton shopping bags. Carry drinks in a quality metal drinking bottle. Don´t buy plastic bottles. Don´t buy water. You can easily purify your own at home using a portable water distiller see amazon store, or reverse osmosis with filtration system.

The video mentioned transport was the leading cause of greenhouse gases (13% of all greehouse gases) however this is not accurate. The leading cause of greenhouse gases is ANIMAL AGRICULTURE at 18% of all greenhouse gases according to the united nations report. Therefore if you want to reduce greenhouse gases cut down or stop meat and dairy consumption.

See these references on animal agriculture being a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B-_xH0Xmho

UN Report showing animal agriculture is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?newsID=20772#.VqzHWfB4WrU

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livestock%27s_Long_Shadow

http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/27/vegetarian-carbon-footprint_n_5538914.html
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John Bolton | 1 year, 10 months ago | Edited 1 year, 10 months ago
The family that undertook this 3 month exercise deserve credit. It is good to see everyday people taking steps to do something.
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Kathryn | 1 year, 10 months ago
Too bad the filmmakers didn't give the audience real solutions to the issues! We only put our trash (1 can) on the curb for pick up just once every two years! Find out how by visiting the Zero Waste Family blog at http://www.zerowastehome.com.
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Brittany Jenewein | 1 year, 10 months ago
I agree with Michele - it was really interesting to see just how much garbage (and other pollution) one family can produce, especially when you think about how that multiplies through the country, but it would have been nice if they had spent even 10 minutes discussing solutions to the problems.
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Martin Suchan | 1 year, 10 months ago
Interesting
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michele . | 1 year, 10 months ago
I thought it was an interesting experiment but felt it lacked solutions to the problem.
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Brigitte Blanco | 1 year, 11 months ago
Very good summary of the garbage we are creating - the large piece I was missing is the impact of garbage created by trucking food over large distances (same as water) and the huge environmental impact associated with the consumption of animal products which destroys the atmosphere and hugely burdens land and water resources
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Melody Gold | 1 year, 11 months ago
Very illuminating!
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