Episode 308: PET Plastic Recycling

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 21, 2011 - Sunday, November 27, 2011
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 14, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

We all know to recycle...at least the basics...paper, glass & plastic. But what happens to all that stuff? How does it get reused? We decided to find out how all the plastic we recycle gets made into something else. So into a plastics recycling center we went.

Over 95% of the clothing sold in the U.S. is made overseas. But Eco Company found one woman who would like to change that. Jalena and some other teens visited Rebecca Burgess on a plot of land she farms. But they weren't picking veggies! They helped pick and separate the flowers and leaves from plants that will become natural dyes...some for blue jeans! It's all an effort to buy local...even for your clothes!

Then Eco Company introduces you to an accomplished teen! Re-energizing a his high school's recycling program, relentlessly pursuing solar panels for his high school, serving on his city's Environmental Sustainability Task Force and acting as co-director of an environmental non-profit. Yes, Jason Bade wasn't your average high school student. He's a guy of action who doesn't take no for an answer...and has left quite a legacy at his high school. Eco Company catches up with him to find out how he does it all.