I am an avid recycler. However, after watching the documentary Trashed the other night, a sense of urgency washed over me and I realized that I need to step up my game.

I have recycling down, so it’s time to focus on zero waste—that is, how can I prevent the creation of waste at the outset?

I encourage you to watch Trashed; I rented it on Netflix. The film drags along now and then, but I really appreciated the global perspective it provided. Host and producer Jeremy Irons traveled to Iceland, Indonesia, Lebanon, Vietnam (graphic content warning for this section), Wales, England, and San Francisco.

Be prepared to be shocked and appalled. I promise you, you will look at your trash can differently after you watch it. Immediate actions I’m taking include bringing a reusable mug to coffee shops and bringing my reusable bag with me everywhere. What actions will you take?