In a rapidly changing world, MADE in Germany examines the risks and benefits of digitalization and its impact on the way we work, what we earn and how we live. The program also investigates the ethics of business, and showcases young entrepreneurs who are redefining the workplace. Instead of just crunching the numbers, MADE delves deeper into issues and also explores the emotional side to stories.
Pesticide manufacturer Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus is altering his products so they can help rescue insects. While he hasn’t completely changed his production, it’s a beginning. His first design saves fruit flies from certain death.
An outbreak of African swine fever in Germany has put pressure on pig farmers. China doesn’t want to buy German pork anymore. But why should pork be exported at all? Wouldn't regional production be a better solution?
It takes 8,000 liters of water to manufacture a pair of jeans! We use far more 'virtual' water than we realize. Products like coffee and meat effectively take water from drought-stricken areas. What can we do to reduce our water footprint?
Can leather made from mushrooms be a sustainable replacement for animal leather? A startup in Indonesia is manufacturing a leather-like material from mushrooms and using it to make shoes. Such plant-based materials could help fashion go greener.
Meat supplied our ancestors with important nutrients. It was a valued substance, even a luxury. Today, meat is a globalized commodity that gets produced as cheaply as possible. Sometimes its origin can hardly be traced. How could this happen?
The coronavirus crisis appears largely over in China. Early October is holiday season there, and visitors from other parts of the country are again to be seen on the streets of Beijing. Will tourism bounce back? And other industries?
Mikko Huotari of the Mercator Institute for China Studies argues that Germany is much less dependent on China than many claim, as only seven percent of Germany's exports go to China. So Berlin could stand up to Beijing more than it does.
German firms have invested a lot in China. But Beijing's restrictions on foreign investment and repressive domestic policies are troubling companies and governments. The EU and China have made little progress on a comprehensive investment agreement.
Steel production is responsible for around 5% of global CO2 emissions. Using modern electric arc furnaces can help to reduce that figure. We visited a factory in western Germany to see one of the biggest furnaces of this kind in action.
Ten years ago the founders of Bboxx met at university - and decided to bring solar systems to remote areas in Africa. Today the London startup provides hardware, software, sales and customer services for green electricity on the continent.