Rebirth and Renewal: A Tale of Cotton and Steel
In an era of mass consumption, some Japanese companies are now turning to recycling and restoration to get the most out of key materials. This episode shows how cotton from traditional futons is being recycled for use in modern cushions and mattresses and how a knife maker is helping ensure that quality kitchen knives can be used to their fullest.

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Rebirth and Renewal: A Tale of Cotton and Steel

After removing and processing cotton from old futons, the material is used to produce new futons, floor cushions and throw pillows
This old kitchen knife was carefully restored by a skilled blacksmith

Global Trends

Hydrogen startups are showing increasing promise, with firms figuring out how to produce the fuel inexpensively and use it in compact engines