Lessons on waste, down under

WASTE DEEP from SustainTable on Vimeo.

Estimates say that the UK will run out of landfill space by 2018, but as we continue to bin exponential amounts of food and plastic, when is it our responsibility to change the way we consume? Waste Deep – a brilliant, new documentary by the guys at Sustainable Table in Australia – investigates just that.

With tips and ideas on how we can reduce our waste, as well as interviews with loads of interesting and inspiring waste-busting organisations, from Second Bite, who redistribute food that would otherwise go to waste, to Spade & Barrow who buy farmers’ wonky fruit and veg at a good price and sell it at market to anti-plastic environmentalist Tim Silverwood talking about the huge levels of plastic mistakenly eaten by our wildlife, particularly native seabirds. The image of the dead Albatross with a stomach full of plastic, above, illustrates the shocking truth.

Waste Deep highlights how we’ve lost touch with our food, where it comes from, how it’s produced and who produces it. Without respecting and understanding how our food is grown, we’ve lost the true value of the food we buy. Without that value, why should we care what happens to it once it’s gone in the bin? Like Tim Silverwood says, “in nature, there is no such thing as waste, everything gets returned back to the system.” That’s something we should all think about.

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