Film sets the tone for Earth Day

With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States produces a quarter of the world’s waste—1 billion tons annually, according to 2006 EPA estimates. Although Whatcom County’s waste production is below national averages, recycling is simply not enough.

On Earth Day, Appliance Depot will recognize three local businesses for sustainability efforts beyond recycling prior to the showing of  the documentary film Trashed, at the Pickford Film Center. Leading the film, local companies A-1 Builders, Willows Senior Living Center and the Bellingham/ Whatcom County Housing Authorities will receive Appliance Depot’s sustainability awards.

Trashed is a groundbreaking environmental documentary narrated by Academy Award winner, Jeremy Irons. The internationally acclaimed film illustrates potential risks to the environment from household trash.

The film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists,corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model and create a sustainable future.

What are the effects all this waste will have on already strained natural resources? Why is so much of it produced? While every American creates almost five pounds of it every day, who is affected most? And who wants America to make more?

“Earth Day is a time to recognize sustainability within our local economy and to recognize business leaders who not only recycle, but reuse and repurpose discarded goods,” said Duane Jager, executive director of Appliance Depot, nonprofit job training business that salvages, repairs and sells reconditioned appliances. 

A-1 Builders is a Bellingham construction company leading sustainability efforts within Whatcom County. They have received a number of environmental awards, including the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Business Practices. 

Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) was the first property management company to partner with Appliance Depot. BWCHA was also one of only 35 organizations in the nation to secure a federal Green Communities grant to retrofit their high rise apartment complexes for energy efficiency.

The Willows Senior Living Center prides itself in providing growth opportunities for its residents, including health, recreation, and educational activities.

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