Episode 104: The 4 R's

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 25, 2013 - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, March 24, 2014 - Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! In this episode Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put in our recycling bins. Then he gets a lesson in the 4 “R”s. Yes, there are 4...reduce, reuse, recycle and ROT…or composting. Knowing the importance of the 4 Rs will help you walk a green path in life.

So here's a great way to reuse...if you have the talent. We found a teacher who is sharing her talent and teaching others at the same time. Jessica meets up with Charlotte Kruk who teaches art at a high school in San Jose, CA. But her art class gets all of their raw materials from discarded recyclable stuff. But there's more to the story. This art teacher is a fashion designer and uses candy wrappers to make all of her clothes! This you have to see.

Next Jordan checks in at a unique school cafeteria. The menus this cafeteria is different than most. It is run by Ann Cooper, affectionately called the renegade lunch lady. Why, because she is on a mission to provide fresh, organic and healthy foods for students. Jordan caught up with her to get the whole story.

Finally, Eco Company hits the road on a bike, but not your ordinary bike. Of course bikes are a great way to reduce fuel consumption, save energy, get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. But Brendan found a bike maker in Santa Cruz, CA who has taken sustainability a step further. He makes his bikes from bamboo instead of aluminum, titanium or other metals. It's a great way to use a renewable resource to make a zero energy form of transportation even more eco-friendly!