Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Turning Plastic Back into Oil

I don't know about you, but I generally get pictures of wide-eyed puppies and dancing elves as FWD messages in my Inbox. My mother, however, seems to have very enlightened friends because once again, today's post is possible courtesy of Mum's Inbox.

The video I have re-posted today is about an exceptional japanese machine, a machine that turns plastic trash back into oil. The Man behind this invention is Akinori Ito, Ceo of Blest. His love of nature and the realization of the present state of the world motivated the invention of conversion technology. The video explains very little of the process but Blest assured Our World 2.0 that if the proper materials were fed into the machine no toxic residues would be produced and that the machine is equipped an off-gas filter to transformed methane, ethane, propane and butane into water and carbon.

Our World 2.0 quoted Ito saying: "To make a machine that anyone can use is my dream[.] The home is the oil field of the future.” With our garbage bags bulging with plastic packaging  and the threat of disappearing oil, our trash may well be the oil of the future.

For the time being the conversion machine is not available to the public but it has been implemented in farms, fisheries and small factories all over Japan and is slowly expanding to other countries.

Watch the video, read the article by Carol Smith and come back and let me know what you think.

Is this the miracle solution we have been waiting for?
Or another excuse for consumerism?
Or maybe it's a small step towards a more conscious future. 

Take care!

Smith, Carol. "Plastic to oil fantastic." Our World 2.0 27 Aug. 2010. Oil. 03 Jan. 2010 .

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