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Documentary: Trashed

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  • Trashed, a 20-minute documentary, takes viewers on “an existential road trip through the quixotic American waste stream” to give you an idea of what our throwaway society is truly costing the planet
  • The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of garbage every day; this amounted to about 250 million tons of trash in the United States in 2010 alone
  • Plastic waste accumulates in landfills for hundreds of years or ends up in our oceans, where it forms enormous swirling “garbage patches” or breaks down into microparticles consumed by marine life
  • You can do your part to reduce your plastic consumption and generation of waste to help protect the planet for future generations

By Dr. Mercola

When you pull your garbage can to the curb on garbage day, do you give much thought to what happens to it once it’s collected? Many take for granted the fact that their garbage “magically” disappears... but the disappearance is only an act.


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