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Waste Your Life

Catalogue Number:  A242-003
Producer:  CNRS, France 3, Productions Campagne Première, RTBF
Producers:  Productions Campagne Première, CNRS, RTBF, France 3
Producing Agencies:  Productions Campagne Première, Fontana, RTBF, CNRS Images
Subject:  Consumer Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Global Issues, Global Studies, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  France
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  50:46

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Plastic and electronic waste, old medicines thrown into the sewage water… when buried, this waste seeps into our groundwater, and resurfaces in the water we drink. When incinerated, it spreads noxious fumes in the air, which we end up breathing...

Around the world, the race to turn waste into viable resources has begun. Today’s waste may well be the treasure mines of tomorrow. This informative and engrossing documentary takes us to countries like Japan, Spain, France, Switzerland, Scotland, Belgium and even to the European Space Agency’s laboratories to come up with an optimistic list of the solutions of the future. We watch how airplanes can be converted into children’s scooters, we see how houses can be built out of recycled tires and we learn how marine waste can be detected using homing carps … Proof that we do possess one truly inexhaustible and completely recyclable resource: human innovation.

Also available in French: Poubelle la vie

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