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Sea Chair

Collecting plastic on the open sea and then making a small seat with it, all done from a fishing boat: Sea Chair, a project by Studio Swine and filmmaker Juriaan Booij, via Atlantic Video: When plastic debris break...

Pass It On: Turning scraps into soccer balls for village children

In a village outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this Congolese gentleman crafts found scraps of garbage into a homemade soccer ball. Though the region has been plagued with war, terr...

When mending becomes an art: pottery repair with gold powder

The 400+ year old Japanese art of kintsugi (golden repair) or kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is a pottery repair method that honors the artifact's unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, the break. An art form born f...

Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled

Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton takes us into the incredible lifecycle of our reusable trash in How Trash Is Recycled. Bonus: massive sorting machines!

Making paper from elephant dung: Poo Paper

Elephant dung is ideal for making paper, and Indonesia's Taman Safari Park is demonstrating this fact by upcycling a daily total of 2.5 tons – yes, that's 2.5 tons of Sumatran Elephant dung every day – t...

National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Steel? (1999)

Directed by Tina Keeper and presented by the National Film Board of Canada, How Do They Recycle Steel? (1999) has everything: conveyor belts, crackling sounds, massive machines in a massive factory, sparks, smoke, fi...

Moser Lamps: 60 watts of free, natural light

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle with water and two capfuls of bleach, then make a hole in the roof and secure it wi...

Andy Knowlton’s Drunken Poets

Andy Knowlton finds reusable materials on the streets of Seoul, Korea, makes little dolls with the pieces, and then puts the dolls back out on the streets with a poem that he’s writte...

Tour a state-of-the-art glass factory

In February 2012, this O-I BJC state-of-the-art glass factory opened in Vietnam, just 60 kilometres south east of Ho Chi Minh City. Filmmaker Peter Scheid created a How It’s Made traile...

Make an underwater vortex ring generator

Watch YouTube user Xraise Cornell create a homemade horizontal vortex ring generator. When a small burst of air is released into a toroidal or poloidal vortex — essentially a spinning donut of water — it s...

Todd McLellan: Disassembled / Things Come Apart

Photographer Todd McLellan has been on my mind ever since I saw this post on making an Inventor’s Box: a collection of tools and second-hand electronics for kids to disassemble, organiz...

From plastic bottles to football jerseys

This Nike Better World promo video from 2012 shares the manufacturing process of how plastic bottles can turn into “the most advanced football jerseys on the planet.” (And by the way, that’s soccer/...

Landfill Harmonic

Cateura, Paraguay’s residents live on top of a landfill that gets 1,500 tons of solid waste each day, exposing the impoverished communities to unhealthy conditions. Most of the town works in the dump as recyc...

R³bots by Marco Fernandes

Portuguese toy designer Marco Fernandes reuses parts from computers, televisions, DVD players, stereos, old toys and other old electronics to build unique robot toys, all by improvising with wh...

Classic Sesame Street: Old paper, new paper

Not only does this classic Sesame Street short explain paper recycling in a relatable way, but it’s always great when the music is unique to the video rather than catering to popular m...

DIY: Make a very lovely hovercraft

Make a very lovely hovercraft! This super awesome DIY project requires a bit of parent or teacher supervision (sharp needle needed to make a hole), but overall, it answers all of my wishes: Not...

The Landfill: how different kinds of trash can be harvestable resources

The Landfill is a three minute film by documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit and director Jessica Edwards about how our different kinds of trash can be used as harvestable resources. The Unite...

Casa ecológica de botellas (The Ecological Bottle House)

Built from thousands of plastic bottles, La casa ecológica de botellas was designed and constructed by Alfredo Santa Cruz and his family in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. Lit with outside light, s...

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