I remember reading once about a couple, don't even remember where they were from - Vancouver I think. Their goal was to compete against each other to see who could produce the smallest trash heap over the course of one year. Then I forgot all about it. Given my environmental slant, I remember how interesting the idea seemed and wondered if it was something worth trying. I'm disappointed in myself, I must say, for forgetting.
Then, this morning, I watched a short film called Changing Tides produced by a keen group of Hawaiian residents and activists, including some of my windsurfing heroes involved in Positive H2O, a movement for clean water. It reminded me how every decision we make when we buy something can impact a beach, a seal, a turtle, and cause harm to some other inhabitant of this planet that has probably far more right to be here than we destructive humans do. It reminded me of that couple from Vancouver and their quest.
So I went searching, and it didn't take me more than a couple of Google searches to find out where they are at. The couple, named Jen and Grant, from Vancouver (I remembered something correctly!), have produced a documentary called 'The Clean Bin Project'. The website is here:
The Clean Bin Project
Can't wait to get a copy of that DVD! I think the idea sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to sitting down and watching that movie with my family.
Here is a link to the 'Changing Tides' movie, on-line on Youtube. Think about this the next time you ask for a plastic bag, or buy a bottle of water.