El Cajon, CA -- Meet Don, Jean-Paul, and Debbie local community members that redeem cans and bottles. They talk about how they collect from vendors or off the street and the stereotypes they face as recyclers.
San Francisco, CA -- Artist in Residence Program at Recology. Where some people see garbage, Recology sees the opportunity to reduce waste. Working together with residents and businesses, Recology has helped make San Francisco one of America's greenest city.
Earthships - Taos, NM
Michael Reynolds is an architect, innovator, and founder of Earthships. For more than three decades, he has been using recycled materials to build self-sufficient, off-the-grid housing. When Michael looks at waste, he sees raw materials for sustainable living-- structures that might someday shelter large numbers of people. By putting elbow grease behind his vision, Earthships can be found in all fifty states and around the world. He feels that these Earthships are not only homes but symbolic ships that sail on the seas of tomorrow.
New Belgium Brewing - Ft. Collins, CO
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, is leading the charge in environmental stewardship. Not only do they commit 1% of their sales to environmental causes but they also redefine waste by treating their own waste-water on-site, in large flats powered exclusively by either methane gas derived from waste-water treatment or by wind power. While New Belgium Brewing claims to make "the best beer in the world," they might just be making the best world by way of their beer.
Patagonia - Ventura, CA
Patagonia is redefining waste through their Common Thread Garment Recycling Program. Customers can bring back their old and worn Patagonia clothes by dropping them off in the "Drop Your Drawers" box at any Patagonia store. These garments are broken down and then transformed into new clothes. Their goal is to make all their clothes recyclable.
Junkman - Manchester, VT
Donald Knaack is a conservatory-trained percussionist, composer, and is also known as "The Junkman." Living and performing in Manchester, Vermont, he embarked on his journey by chance while seeking a particular pitch. He soon discovered that discarded materials, such as metal pipes and automobile parts, could produce tones not available in traditional instruments. In his hands, ski-poles become wind chimes, silverware becomes bells, and keys become cascading ripples of sound. When not in his studio producing his next Grammy winning album, you can find Donald scouring junkyards and teaching young students about environmental issues.
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