Among all the depressing environmental films out there, wouldn’t it be great if there were a funny, entertaining one about what it’s actually like to try and live without plastic? Taina Uitto, who has blogged at Plastic Manners since 2010 about her own plastic-free experiment, has been filming her process since day one. And last year, she invited 6 Vancouver families to join her. Now, she is putting the footage together into a feature film called From the Waste Up: Life Without Plastic, which will follow the adventures of these families as they try to navigate modern life without plastic. (There may be a few other people that you recognize in the film!)
But the filmmakers need your support to get it finished!
Check out the trailer:
Who Is Taina?
Taina is not just a blogger and activist. She’s also a new mom. And yesterday, she and I had a really fun Skype conversation to catch up on our lives since we saw each other last at the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch event in November, 2010. She showed me her bucket of plastic-free baby toys, including this cute wool fox that she made herself using a needle felting technique…
And then she sent me possibly the cutest photo I have ever seen… her baby in a plastic-free bathtub…
I remember my mom giving me baths in the sink when I was little. Okay, maybe I don’t actually remember it… but I’ve seen pictures. There are so many ways to reduce plastic if we just go back to doing things the way we used to. Not all things… I will concede that some plastics do indeed make life better. But there are too many stupid uses for this material, and that is what the folks in From the Waste Up discover.
I asked Taina what she hopes people will gain from watching this film. She said she wanted to do 3 things:
1) Educate people about the problem (although there will not be too much of this since there are already good documentaries out there about plastic.)
2) Inspire people to make personal changes and show how their quality of life can actually improve. That is her hypothesis, anyway. You’ll have to watch the film to see if that hypothesis actually turns out to be true.
3) Entertain. She says that some of the lengths she has gone to are pretty extreme, and we have to have the ability to laugh at ourselves.
Will you help support this film? It will be the only way to find out what happens on Halloween when a little girl goes to the door and calls out “Trick-or-Treat. I can’t have any plastic.” Or to find out what happens to the woman who swore she would go back to using plastic when the year is up. Does she really do it? Taina wouldn’t tell me.