“The Clean Bin Project” is a locally-produced documentary that examines what it’s like to live in our modern world with minimum waste. The link between consumerism and environmental issues is something that we all probably intuitively understand; Project explores this issue by showing the struggles of two ordinary Vancouver residents in their quest to not produce waste.
Jen and Grant are a couple living in East Van (my hood!) who got inspired one day to tackle the issue of waste head on. They planned on doing this by a.) not buying anything unnecessary (that includes clothes, by the way), and b.) reducing their waste by recycling, composting, etc. Just to make things fun, they’ve turned their project into a competition to see who will have less waste. The movie “The Clean Bin Project” documents their successes and struggles with this for a full year.
Last Sunday, I caught this movie at SFU Woodwards where it was shown as part of the Projecting Change Film Festival. It was the only movie I saw, and it turned out to be a good decision.
As a student in the SFU School of Communication, I’ve seen many documentaries. Professors like to use them to get us thinking critically about many social and communication issues. Usually documentaries leave a bad taste in my mouth because of their pessimism and what I perceive as unbalanced reporting. I’m happy to say though that “The Clean Bin Project” isn’t your typical documentary.