This garbage lawyer saw one of his favourite movies for 2013 in Pasadena, California at the 37th annual conference of the California Resource Recovery Association.
The CRRA, founded in 1974, is California’s statewide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States and has done pioneering work in pushing zero waste projects in California and setting an innovative example across the United States.
I was attending the CCRA on the invitation of the conference organizers. I spoke about Greenwashing, the Pollution Probe Colin Isaacs-Green Products debacle (1989-1991), Consumerism, the Seven Deadly Sins of Greenwashing and the Blue Box system in Ontario since the early 1980s. My presentation can be obtained by contacting me at email@example.com
As part of the conference, the organizers screened TRASHED, a movie produced by Jeremy Irons. Since it was released at Cannes in April, the movie has been awarded the Palme Verte at this year’s UK Green Film Festival in London and the Grand Prix from Kyiv International Documentary Film Festival.
In late May 2013, TRASHED was screened at the Scottish Parliament where Scottish MPs were considering imposing a charge for plastic bags. The film was attended by MPs and there was a post-film discussion.
Some of my favourite academics and activists such as my old friend, Paul Connett get a well deserved starring role. I first met Paul while working in the trenches at Pollution Probe fighting incinerators in the late 1980s and the early 1990s and arguing to close Hamilton’s disasterous SWARU plant, which finally happened in 2001. Paul was compelling then and has become even more incisive in his critiques in the past decade.
If viewers get the message, hopefully societies all over the planet will massively reduce their consumptive uses and in many cases make a massive shift back to refillable glass for many potential packaging uses. I would go further and severely restrict the use of virgin plastic, perhaps by taxing the dailylights out of plastic resin distributors and plastics packaging users. But I don’t expect to be elected as the leader of the federal Liberal-NDP-Green coalition party any time soon.
The trailer for TRASHED can be viewed at:
You also can watch Trashed in the comfort of your own home by streaming or downloading the film from the following sites…ENJOY!
You also can now watch Trashed on DVD! (see Amazon)
The producers would love to hear what you think about the film so do get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them a review at Amazon.
YOUR STERILE WHALE AND PLASTIC-CHOKED TURTLE IS A DAGGER IN THE HEART…BY THE TIME MR IRONS VISITS A VIETNAMESE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN WITH SEVERE BIRTH DEFECTS – THE LEGACY OF AGENT ORANGE – THAT PLASTIC BOTTLE IN YOUR HAND WILL FEEL AS DANGEROUS AS A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL.” – JEANETTE CATSOULIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES