October 9, 2011
(was 11.21.2010)

Recycling breaks materials down and uses them again -upcycling is using old stuff to build new things, from cigar box guitars to juice pouch messenger bags. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we explore the new world of upcycling, from the scavenger life of a do-it-yourselfer to the second life of garbage.

  1. Annie Leonard on "The Story of Stuff"

    Annie Leonard tells Steve Paulson what happens to most of the plastic bottles consumers carefully washout and recycle.

    Average: 4.4 (33 votes)
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  2. Tom Szaky on "Revolution in a Bottle"

    Tom Szaky tells Jim Fleming how his company turns candy wrappers and juice bottles into pencil cases and backpacks.

    Average: 4.3 (30 votes)
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  3. Mark Frauenfelder on "Made by Hand"

    Mark Frauenfelder is co-creator of the weblog BoingBoing.net and the author of "Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World."

    Average: 4.3 (18 votes)
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  4. David Sterritt on Bruce Conner

    David Sterritt tells Steve Paulson about beatnik filmmaker Bruce Conner, the father of the music video and creator of a style of video montage that prefigures today's upcycling movement.

    Average: 3.8 (8 votes)
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