About the original film

Before The War On Waste there was WASTE NOT! We made our multi-award winning documentary film about the beauty of garbage to show who keeps our big cities sparkling, and where our garbage goes, who sorts it for you, and what it’s worth if it isn’t just tossed into landfill.

Optimistic, even inspirational in its description of a waste free world and how to get there, the original Waste Not documentary film has now screened in 30 countries around the world, on Qantas, and the Australia Network, and it’s been translated into 5 other languages (Mandarin, Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish). It toured South America with the World Bank Film Festival 2 years running, and has been used for staff engagement by corporations (The NAB, Fujitsu), and local councils. It’s also been a popular educational tool, along with resources funded by the Pratt and Myer foundations, for schools, TAFEs and universities all over Australia.

WASTE NOT is about the future and how a simple thing like recycling could transform our economy, and our whole society. On a planet with finite resources, zero waste could be the key to our survival.

WASTE NOT is about fascinating people, clever solutions, and the fact that waste is not garbage, it’s gold.

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“WASTE NOT is an incredibly important film. It makes the invisible visible.”

Annie Leonard Filmmaker and environmentalist, Story of Stuff

“WASTE NOT is not a romance or a thriller, but this film has a powerful message!”

Sarah Clarke ABC TV Environment Reporter

“It’s the first environment film I’ve seen that didn’t send me running into the street screaming – we are all going to die!”

Carla Khoo Manager of Environmental Communications and Engagement, NAB

Waste Not: Mash It Up!

Our new project will inspire your students to create a waste-free future at the same time as they learn the critical 21st century communications skills to become active consumers, by creating Mash It Up! Trashion projects and competing at the annual Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park.

By entering the competition in 2019 your school will have access to a range of digital resources as well as a film screening program, and awesome role models and influencers such as internationally acclaimed fashionista and plastic activist Marina Debris, OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn, and other change makers.

Waste Not: Mash It Up! is in proof of concept stage in 2018, with two participating pilot project schools already preparing their Trashion Couture to parade at the annual Youth Eco Summit on September 4th 2018, in front of their peers and our select jury of recycling and fashion specialists.


Waste Not is a powerful tool designed to educate the next generation about the global issue of waste and introduce them to the amazing solutions already coming on line.

Optimistic and inspirational, the Waste Not story dives into garbage and comes out with gold, presenting facts while embracing innovation.

To learn more about our educational resources

Country screenings
Community screenings
Languages translated

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