Junk Raiders Season 1 (2010)

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Michelle was a cast member on the first season of Junk Raiders on Discovery Channel, created and produced by Proper Television. Junk Raiders premiered in 2010. This series had 6 prime time episodes.

Junk Raiders is a journey into junk salvaging, a thriving street-based do-it-yourself subculture built on the idea that you don’t need to buy new when everything you need can be found in the garbage. An alternative approach to building, ‘junk raiding’, quite literally, is about finding things for free, then finding innovative ways to recycle them, either into their original form or into something altogether different.

Toronto’s top junk raiders take up the ultimate salvage challenge: to turn an old factory space into a fully functioning, trendy, live/work loft in just one month. Their primary building materials? Other people’s garbage. The reason? To see if what the rest of us throw out is good enough to live in – and live well.

The build is supplemented by statistical evidence of our individual and collective landfill footprint: How much waste do we personally send to the landfill? During each major salvage opportunity and the major building sequence, statistics are used to chart the costs of our wasteful lives.

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