On the Upside.

(3rd year brief)

We were required to make an 8-minute documentary on any issue of our choice. This short documentary was my solution.



In a world where consumption is commonplace, we are being told more and more of the toll it is taking on the environment. Landfills across the globe are overflowing with technological and consumptive waste. By not buying anymore would eventually lead to the end of the production of pollution & waste, but we all know this is literally impossible. With the rise of the need to become more environmentally friendly the idea that certain materials could be recycled. This then led to the brilliant art of Upcycling which had it’s first mention in 1994 by Renier Plitz, who said, in relation to recycling: “I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is Upcycling where old products are given more value not less”. Upcycling involves the conversion of old or unwanted products or materials into something useful, (and most likely with a completely different function to it’s original) thus extending it’s life as well as the resources that were used to make it. In addition to giving something new life, by Upcycling, you are preventing another thing from being added to land fills and possibly our streets and oceans.

In this documentary I look at how the natural course of the depreciation of value of objects can be turned around. I also aim to raise awareness around Upcycling and how it not only can help us better our environments, but how it can be used as a source of job creation and a creative outlet.

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