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 our global south where it is a growing danger for human beings and the environment as a whole. In view of the 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 give a voice to pioneers who point out 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

Everyone produces it, nobody wants it nearby. Instead, trash is being transported thousends of miles across the country. Using the example USA, "Trashed" shows the vast amount of resources wasted in landfills and gives a voice to people who boycott&bypass the present-day system on little and bigger scales.
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Waste Land

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

The Light Bulb Conspiracy

What to do if machines produce more than people consume? 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!
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Death by Design

They make life easier and are status symbols; smartphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets. Due to the rapid development of innovations, electronic devices are now exchanged much faster. The film shows the long-covered negative 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

Cradle to cradle: Waste = Food

Cradle to cradle: 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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