One of the most captivating and thought provoking documentaries of recent years is “The Clean Bin Project.” This experiment is an interesting exploration of the consumerist world that we live in that is able to be light-hearted and hilarious, while sending a very clear message about the negative impact of our waste and consuming habits on the environment and the sustainability of our world for the future.


The main premise of “The Clean Bin Project” stems from a pretty insane idea for today’s highly consumerist world: can anyone live completely waste free? Two friends decide to put this idea to the test throughout the entirety of one year, as they compete to see who can produce the absolute least amount of trash of the given amount of time. Their initial goal through the exercise is to swear off consumerist ideals that now plague society as a whole; however, as their experiment progresses, darker and more impactful messages begin to surface regarding the importance of their work. As they do research and discover the sheer magnitude of the issue of waste production, the two main protagonists Jen and Grant struggle with the meaning of their actions and attempt to see just how much influence they can have on a world that wastes so much and saves so little.

“The Clean Bin Project” has been compared to a combination of famous, revolutionary documentaries “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore and “Super Size Me” by Morgan Spurlock. This film is sure to inspire, captivate, and provide a call to individual action to any empathetic, individual open to new ideas who watches it.

The People

The two main foci of the Clean Bin Project are Grant and Jen. Director and Editor Grant Baldwin is the one responsible for the idea behind the documentary. After working with other filmmakers for a number of years, Grant wanted to make a revolutionary documentary that was unique and delivered a powerful message. Also integral to the plot of the documentary is Jen Rustemeyer, who was a producer for “The Clean Bin Project.” In addition to being a GIS Analyst for an environmental consulting company in Vancouver, Jen did a huge amount of work on the set of “The Clean Bin Project,” including research and camerawork, from both in front of and behind the lens. Both of these individuals provide the film with a light-hearted sense of humour, and an individual emotional connection that plays with the impact one person can make on the behaviour of the entire world.


“The Clean Bin Project” has been met with massive positive reception, winning a variety of awards in the film community. These recognitions include the Grand Prize at the Gold Film Festival, the Inspiring Community Action Award at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and a variety of other awards at a plethora of international film festivals. Press reviews of “The Clean Bin Project” deem it an “extremely enjoyable and effective documentary film that masterfully…empowers each viewer.”

Watch “The Clean Bin Project” today and witness the power and wit of this priceless documentary.

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