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How to Make

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Science

Summary

Designer, maker and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin dismantles and dissects three classic items to understand the wonders of form, function and material that go into making them, before building her own truly bespoke versions, step by step.

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Episode 2: How to Make: The Toothbrush

Summary

Designer Zoe Laughlin examines the toothbrush, an item so ubiquitous that most people do not give it a moment's thought - and yet 200 million of them are thrown away each year. Zoe sets out to create a sustainable solution, heading to a low-impact factory in Sweden where handles are made from sugarcane bio-based plastic and exploring bespoke production techniques employing 3D laser sintering.
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Review

There’s something endlessly fascinating about seeing how everyday objects have evolved over time. When Dr Zoe Laughlin roots around the archives of the Dental Association, she discovers badger brush, silver toothbrushes and a “chew stick” similar to what would have been used in 3500 BC. 

But Laughlin is not so impressed with the bewildering array of different brushes on sale today, questioning whether their innovations are just marketing spiel and worrying about how non-biodegradeable they are. She wants to make a simple, sustainable brush and toothpaste – and her materials range from birch sticks and a towel for the brush to glass for the paste. Try selling that, Mr Colgate!

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PresenterZoe Laughlin

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DirectorDarren Coates
DirectorPaul Kittel
Executive producerMaia Liddell
Executive producerSarah Trigg
ProducerJake Clifford
ProducerEkta Walia

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  • Episode 2

    How to Make: The Toothbrush

    Summary

    Designer Zoe Laughlin examines the toothbrush, an item so ubiquitous that most people do not give it a moment's thought - and yet 200 million of them are thrown away each year. Zoe sets out to create a sustainable solution, heading to a low-impact factory in Sweden where handles are made from sugarcane bio-based plastic and exploring bespoke production techniques employing 3D laser sintering.
    Recommended

    Review

    There’s something endlessly fascinating about seeing how everyday objects have evolved over time. When Dr Zoe Laughlin roots around the archives of the Dental Association, she discovers badger brush, silver toothbrushes and a “chew stick” similar to what would have been used in 3500 BC. 

    But Laughlin is not so impressed with the bewildering array of different brushes on sale today, questioning whether their innovations are just marketing spiel and worrying about how non-biodegradeable they are. She wants to make a simple, sustainable brush and toothpaste – and her materials range from birch sticks and a towel for the brush to glass for the paste. Try selling that, Mr Colgate!

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterZoe Laughlin

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDarren Coates
    DirectorPaul Kittel
    Executive producerMaia Liddell
    Executive producerSarah Trigg
    ProducerJake Clifford
    ProducerEkta Walia
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