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tv   Made in Germany - Away from Waste  Deutsche Welle  December 26, 2018 5:30am-6:01am CET

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a legend after one hundred lives the ideals of the font house on more relevant today than they were a hundred years ago missionaries shakes things to come to be all about people sign is a way of shaping society. with ideas. on how this world part documentary starts on january thirteenth on d w. a great line from the nine hundred sixty s. film the graduate is a piece of career advice to a young dustin hoffman a neighbor says one word plastics i think the whole world
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must of been listening plastic now pollutes our city's water ways our entire planet governments are trying to tackle the environmental catastrophe banning items such as plastic bags that's hurting some businesses then causing bag rage among customers in places like australia it's all proving that the move away from waste is going to be a struggle but one could save a lot more money in the long run yes but big business is only interested in profits shareholders focus on the short term and where forever encouraged to consume the turnover of new cars on german roads is crazy you would be caught dead driving one of these on an order but on the diesel emissions scandal is compounding the problem a field day though for about a factors that churning out those cars and the customers so they're offering incentives to buy new vehicles the absurdity of the situation becomes all too clear on a trip to the junkyard. seventy thousand square meters of metal
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waiting to be scrapped the more than two and a half thousand cars here have been discarded by their owners. the junkyard near hamburg is one of the largest ones in europe. for mechanics i mean it offers something new every day. all these great cars to destroy it's from our dream job. this super sized junkyard runs according to its own rules. i just found it finally got it's a playground for man. toys for boys not many of the mid-sized diesel cars here still in perfect running order like this volts wagon the owner of the passat diesel is here to scrap it. in the aftermath of the v.w. use diesel emissions scandal because secondhand value has dropped to just
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a thousand euros a scrapping premium one that him around seven thousand. still works perfectly just past its inspection but often at least in your car so this one can go to. the junkyard will even pay him something for the used parts that give you one hundred euros enough for a nice meal that's on top of the scrapping premium of up to ten thousand euros that some comic has grant as a discount when drivers scrapped their old diesel car and by only a new environmentally friendly a one. i was i the font so these cars shouldn't really have been scrapped at all you could still drive them for a while but so many cars are getting scrapped to cash in on the promised premium just succumb to the temptation. the tempting inducement touted as an environmental premium means council in good working order like this two thousand and six b.w.
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and up in the recycling workshop. components like the engine are removed and later sold well at least they're being week cycles. still going through growing pains me because a car like this one it's only got forty seven thousand kilometers solid it's so clean it could still be on the road for years it works perfectly. that's not exactly saving resources. after it's been disassembled in the first workshop the car is taken to the colleague in the next one usable tires are also kept for every sale. then semi removes all the fluids from the car old oil left over fuel cleaning fluid and coolant it's all disposed of. the battery is removed. and the catalytic converter is cut out with giant she
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is it's also valuable and can bring in some profits. now the cars have placed out in the junkyard for customers in search of parts about five hundred hobby mechanics come here every day for components. carrying maybe new was lucky he found the back door he needed for a b.m.w. in togo. was stolen from my brother. so i promised him i'd look for it here. at the junkyard clients pay only twenty to thirty percent of the price for a new part to undermine my couch for today. the simple. car has over ten thousand parts. finding the right one for your particular model
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can take hours. wonderful there it is the part i'm looking for. i remove the cruise control i like to bring with cars at home it's really too bad. these parts are still in great condition. german drivers are in an average of eleven cars in their life time them manufacture is a curse on the environment but the salvage work here helps improve the industry's recycling balance somewhat. this is where customers pay for the spare parts. down seven hundred ninety zero in these parts no charge. the parts that have been removed from the vehicles in the workshops are also put on sale. we have thirty thousand items in stock drive shaft shock absorbers mudguards engines basically everything. at the end of the day it's time for the road
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worthy white to be taken apart it's then dumped in the yard to be further devoured by the park minus and after several months when the car has been picked clean the remains will be pressed and melted down. and from the junk yard to the beach i wanted to say if you can call it that you can't really i can't see any sand and i don't want to know what's in that water but if you do take a little look under the surface it looks like lunch time. again could be the poor little turtles last meal. is a mexican island popular with tourists. sells them snacks. then. on a paradise island that's exactly why we have to protect it so much is wasted hair
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and that happens with everything but trash the trash is the biggest problem. mexico generates eighty thousand tons of garbage each day only eleven percent of it gets separated and recycled across the atlantic in johannesburg south africa food waste is a big problem. sells ornaments. to. poor people. to get. more than half the population lives under the poverty line even though a furred of the food produced here goes to waste. and there's all that plastic packaging that ends up in oceans wales and turtles and fish eaters and we eat the
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fish and don't even know yet what the long term effects are going to be on us what would help is recycling. it was designed to be thrown away more than one hundred million tons of single use plastic is discarded worldwide. with more and more of it and bring up in the environment. these pellets could help remedy the problem says one expert they're made of recycled plastic film and most importantly they have low levels of contamination. of. this is high purity polyethylene the soul of a sneaker is made of polyethylene from waste plastics plastic is a very forgiving if you heat it you can mold it any way you want. them and thinks this could be his time to shine. because trash isn't just worthless waste it's
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a global business it contains materials that can be sold like plastic film the problem is sorting the trash is expensive until this year much of it was done in china but the country decided that imported plastics were too contaminated a big problem for german waste companies. sponsor china has lowered the contamination limit to zero point five percent that's the amount of other stuff that's allowed to go into sort of bales there a point five percent contamination for plastic film is nothing so if these materials are check to the border and rejected by the customs inspectors they get sent back to europe entire containers full of shit that we don't know. so where will his trash go now. this de facto import ban has made the markets much less lucrative. because and the foreign prices have fallen. asia and china in particular used to offer very
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good prices for these materials. burst in closets and now because we can't sell to china they'll accumulate here in europe so processors here will have access to the best quality materials he best quality and also. top quality plastic film at bargain prices a new opportunity to make something from germany's waste michele hoffman has an invention that does just that a kind of giant washing machine that purifies plastic each device costs around six hundred thousand euros he's hoping to sell them all over the world. more given the fact that less than two percent of plastic film gets recycled worldwide at the moment because it's so difficult but it accounts for around eighty to ninety million tonnes a year and it's the main pollutant of the world's oceans. this
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is how the plastic comes out of the machine clean and extremely thin. and it's used to form the pellets the purest on the market says hofmann. there especially sought after in china. what could this mean for german waste processes and their mountains of trash is that plastic problem solved can they just chalk everything in the washing machine unfortunately not. very sophisticated solutions on offer or being advertised nowadays are mainly for plastic film and promise to render it very pure but there are many kinds of plastic that contain a mix of materials where you just can't attain that high degree of purity. but lots of every day objects are made from such mixed materials. this is. this little toy car is a great example of how many different materials one thing can contain there are all
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kinds of plastic here polyethylene polypropylene and sometimes also polystyrene. but is devoid of. recycling materials that contain such mixtures is almost impossible which is one reason why less than ten percent of the world's plastic is currently recycled. p.r. campaigns can backfire but that's how some of them get people talking like greenpeace point thousands of liters of paint of berlin's victory column to protest against coal as an energy source they will the government to look to the sun which is what it looked like from above but down below motorists slammed on the brakes to avoid their tires from turning yellow cyclists skidded falling off their bikes and according to city officials the clean up will cost around fifteen thousand euros
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the corporate marketing campaigns can cost a lot more kilian should said met up with the boss of great place. powerful and memorable images environmental protection and high resolution brought to you by greenpeace executive director jennifer morgan is relentless in her fight to preserve nature and fight climate change she's not afraid to get under the skin of industrialists and politicians. the green. berlin offices nestled in a back court yard a bit out of the way for such a high profile organization at last year's g twenty summit in hamburg the environmental watchdog used the city's new concert hall as a backdrop to protest u.s. climate policy beat up through an indian home what was green peace trying to achieve with the protest in hamburg was this a fight for a good cause or simply a way to promote green peace as a company this is a noble fight against evil doers our actions at greenpeace are designed to get
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people's attention with images they can understand. the world is very complex so we have to make it clear what threats we all face who the actors are and how we can influence them. and one of us come onto the field and it's by lining up the concert hall with colorful slogans were you trying to address the business community where you're trying to put pressure on corporations and politicians. they give you i'd say so we're not budging we're standing our ground till we reach our goals because we're making a difference. i now feel that it's not because you're an american donald trump is your president how does his climate stance fit with your ideals and you can see to it help me it doesn't not at all. where opposites. what donald trump says and does or tries to do is completely immoral uninformed and totally in the wrong
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direction yet. thank god there are many americans and other people worldwide who share my ideals regarding climate protection and who are fighting for them every day and one can think. is that it is it time for greenpeace to take their politics to the next level as is yes this is our time to be more active and we've arrived at a moment politically where we lack clear leadership now that obama is gone. and world leaders aren't unified. when it stops this makes our work at greenpeace even more important now. what can greenpeace really achieve the organization's mission is well known campaigning against coal in oil and promoting green technology that's the group's message to businesses it's your responsibility to act now and not wait for politicians to do something. in russia says
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climate protection isn't a threat to business it's an opportunity and he said many companies understand that this that's the private and public sectors together need to develop a no mind set. on time in shuffling this as the must also feels have been so profitable for the past hundred years that many want to stick with them. but there are many companies honestly large and small to reject that approach and want to forge a new direction. but is it enough for one of the biggest environmental organizations in the world to just intercept ships and circulate petitions. for founding member paul watson who had a falling out with greenpeace and these tactics lack teeth. i don't like paul watson says greenpeace has become one of the biggest feel good organizations in the world and he seems to be suggesting that people join to soothe their conscience how
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does that idea sit with you. why do people support greenpeace there are many different reasons. but i believe greenpeace activists are brave people who want to make a difference to me out of being one sick album they believe in this courageous organization which is willing to fight for change nonviolently. on this tour as it is so it's not just a feel good organization. not salute me not. greenpeace has three million members worldwide a budget of three hundred million euros and a leader with a vision. if it can find a way to play an even larger role in climate protection the group is well positioned to help bring about lasting change. corporations have their own agendas and saving the world does not always top their lists many high tech manufacturers depend on materials from all mined under appalling conditions in some
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of the world's poorest countries and yes kids are involved capitalism depends on selling more and more goods and often on their planned obsolescence people also have to be persuaded they need the latest gadgets is just one example. twenty four million smartphones are sold every year in germany a country with a population of eighty million many owners use them for just two or three years and then. one hundred twenty four million smartphones in germany just lying around in draws in people's homes. idealism and business can be hard to reconcile the other hand even the biggest polluters alerting there is money to be made with green tech and eco friendly products trading work as well well that's another story is
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a startup in germany that's trying to square these circles. these people don't buy a new smartphone each season they're committed to smartphones that live long and productive life and that's exactly what the young company they work for makes. shift was founded by two brothers. their aim is to make sustainable high end products that are also affordable. they started out with smart phones two years ago now they've come up with a new kind of laptop and. it's very important that a device can be repaired or it is to repair the longer it's working life and the better it is for the environment that's our main concern. on sunday. this marfan's are built using a modular design and each component can be easily replaced. breaks it can usually
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be revived that means it doesn't get thrown away or end up in a drawer. just to get. out of vises should remain functional for a long period of time so its use life cycle as we call it should be as long as possible so. we support that by accepting returns customers give us their old phones when they upgrade to a new model upgrade of the phones can then be resold secondhand you know i just. bring the vaal decks want to achieve one hundred percent recycling but that goal has remained elusive so far recycling is an idea that goes down well with customers as does shifts refusal to use resources from conflicts such as the mineral content . called towners or conflict material one of its elements is used in capacitors a tiny component store current we use around mix instead. which is
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a bit more expensive but just as good if not better in many respects and we do that because we don't want to use this conflict material called time. shift phones and laptops are made in china but the valid x. ensure that the working conditions are decent and that the pay is about average at the firm they contract with there and that the workers have health insurance their manufacturing strives to be eco friendly which is still a novelty in china. if you. many components in smart phones and computers come from china anyway so it makes sense for us to stop that. to get those components to germany would take lots of expensive packaging that wouldn't be so eco friendly or sustainable and. half the staff of the startup went to the recent computer trade fair where they
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said that ship had so far sold twenty five thousand. and their prices are competitive in part because the bosses don't pay themselves more than their staff. we've never had to pay dividends we don't do any distribution of profits and money we make will go into sustainability or social projects to change things that we consider important. people often ask them about a perceived contradiction in what they do making smart phones and laptops always comes at a price the environment wouldn't it be better if people just did without them to get it divided so what's the best thing to do is to keep on using your devices we recommend to our customers it might not be so great for our business but it's really important. because. people can't seem to do without new gadgets but the there's a market for high tech products that are made to be sustainable it's possible that
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might be a compromise but it's one they can live with. now how much thought do you put into your wardrobe and if you think about how you present yourself do you also think about the effects of how you dress or the environment such. as discovered where designer suits go to die and the fact that you don't have to be wealthy to be stylish. new is right to me and i'd like to dress well for work but i can. afford a good suit i know the good stuff is expensive sometimes but it's not just about money it's about dedication let me introduce you to some of my personal heroes. these guys live in the republic of congo where the average income is less than four
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hundred dollars. and yet they manage to present themselves with style and why. that's what they call themselves a movement of african dandies that took off after world war two with the republic of congo that's become quite famous now since a large be a company shot this commercial with them. i mean we all can take a leaf out of a book but there are a few things you can do to save money only have a buy in sales and consider going second hand there are amazing bargains out there go look for second hand shops in more spence of areas of big cities this is where i design assumes go to die go rescue it's. just. be yourself.
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so recycle reuse it's free fashion see you next time i what. the book.
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