For a regular day job, one of us happens to be a filmmaker. So we tend to pull out the camera when we’re inspired to tell our story or the story of others having epiphanies when it comes to reducing, reusing, and rethinking our stuff. We follow plastics flowing from the world’s highest places to sea level, we glimpse into the lives of the people who find resources in what others throw away, and we document our own joy in teaching others about our collective stuff and how we can reduce it or reuse it in interesting ways. Learn from people all over the world in our videos, many of which are narrated by our children who live to tell these stories:
High Mountains, Pure Water: Liesl’s family works and schools in Nepal. The children work with village kids to help reduce waste.
Beach Plastics: The story of the genesis of Trash Backwards. In verite style, our cameras cover our moment of discovery of the countless plastics on our beach.
Garbage Spies of Kathmandu: Kathmandu is facing a humanitarian crisis due to poor sanitation and garbage. See it from the eyes of the rag pickers.
Beach Plastic Odyssey: Liesl and Rebecca run a classroom project to collect beach plastics, inventory it, and then turn it into disturbing art.
Children of the Dust: Liesl, Pete and their children think locally and act globally, helping to reduce village waste in Nepal.
School Waste Audit: Rebecca and Liesl conduct classroom waste audits in their community. This video shows you how in 10 simple steps.
Mapping Plastic: Rebecca and Liesl are circumnavigating their Puget Sound Island to map the plastics on its shores.
Reversing the Trend: A 2 minute short showing hope in reversing the trend of too much plastic on our planet.
Rag Pickers of Bainbridge Island: Children have remarkable insights into our material culture and how we can stop throwing it away but reclaim it one item at a time.
Mermaids’ Tears: A spring vacation on the Olympic Peninsula brings joy and sadness over the loss of our last pristine places.
Introducing The Buy Nothing Project: In our first month, we visited families taking part in The Buy Nothing Project and here’s what they have to say.
Pinata Love: Children gather toys from around their community to make pinata stuffings for other Buy Nothing communities.
Giving Gone Rad: Giving and receiving begets more giving and receiving. Here’s an example of giving gone rad.