Upcycling, Recycling + Waste

More than 3.5 million tons of garbage per day were produced by our world population in 2010; by 2025 it is expected to be twice as much.

Too often this garbage ends up in the ocean or in the Global South where it is a growing danger for human beings and the environment as a whole. To accomodate a growing world population and the global striving for a western standard of living, a rethinking is desperately needed. The movies listed below provide ample background information and offer a platform for pioneers who highlight new ways of meeting the present challenges:

  • Recycling converts waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
  • Upcycling transforms by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
  • Cradle to Cradle design seeks to create products and systems that are efficient and waste free. It views materials as nutrients that are either organic and shall be recirculated within nature's biological metabolism or "technical nutrients" that shall be maintained within a productive technical metabolism.
  • ZeroWaste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials in daily life, conserving and recovering all resources.

Be inspired!

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” - Pete Seeger

Our Film Tips on "Upcycling, Recycling + Waste"

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Trashed

Everybody produces it and nobody wants it nearby. So trash is transported thousands of miles across the country. Using the USA as it's leading example, "Trashed" shows the vast amount of resources wasted in landfills and gives a voice to people who boycott and bypass the present-day system on little and larger scales.
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Waste Land

Artist Vik Muniz creates portraits of people who earn their living by collecting recyclable materials on the world’s biggest landfill. Together they create artwork from garbage; this change of perspective boosts self-esteem and gives courage to strive for happiness for everyone involved.
Cover The Light Bulb Conspiracy

The Light Bulb Conspiracy

What happens when machines produce more than is consumed? This film shows by means of examples what answers producers found in the course of the 20th century, their consequences – and what alternative paths individual companies tread. Watch here for free!
Cover Death by Design

Death by Design

Smartphones, TVs, laptops: They make life easier and are symbols of status. Due to the rapid development of innovation, electronic devices are now exchanged much faster. The film shows the long-term effects of the digital revolution on the environment and humans.

More Films on "Upcycling, Recycling + Waste"

The Most Exciting Clips on "Upcycling, Recycling + Waste"

ZeroWaste lifestyle by Bea Johnson

ZeroWaste lifestyle by Bea Johnson

Waste = Food

Waste = Food

William McDonough at Zeitgeist 07

William McDonough at Zeitgeist 07

William McDonough: Cradle to Cradle

William McDonough: Cradle to Cradle

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

Island made from plastic bottles

Island made from plastic bottles

Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic

No such thing as waste

No such thing as waste

Environmental Impact of Cigarette Butts

Editorial Responsibility on "Upcycling, Recycling + Waste"

For an internship I spend 3 months in India. To see and feel the environmental damage personally was a formative experience. The time in India had a huge impact on me and made me aware of the importance of a sustainable handling of our resources, environmental protection and sustainable development. Films that sensitize and educate on these topics are important to bring them closer to a wide audience. For this reason I get involved for films for the earth.

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