Sunday, September 19, 2010

Plastic to Oil Fantastic OW2.0

A LinkedIn contact sent this to me today, Tom Hackett an Architect from Tom Hackett Architectural and Environmental Design. It's a video showing Ako Ikonari CEO of Blest Company. His team has invented a way to turn waste plastic into oil with a small machine which processes plastic bags, bottles, wrappers into oil which can further be refined into various fuel sources. This potentially can help reduce CO2 and lessen the impacts of global warming. Ako's on a crusade to show the world you take waste plastic and converting it back to oil and obviously being helpful in the generational fight to halt global warming. Seeing is believing in this one!

Please watch this and other's like this on You-Tube. I bet other smart entreprenurs and larger companies have or are developing this technology as we speak. This gives me hope at least that plastic can be seen as a resource not a waste product and its embodied energy can be reused again.

Check out this other video as well as an example. What's heart warming is he's taking his small machine around the world to developing countries and is showing children and others what we assume is just waste, is something else entirely, Fuel. Makes you think twice about closing your mind to problems around you and seeing them instead as opportunities! Where can I invest in Blest or other smart companies like this? Can a self refining gasoline model be far behind? Dump your plastic bags into the Blest machine in your garage and hook a line to your gas tank? Watch out big oil!
UNUChannel | April 13, 2009
Read the article:
" The Japanese company Blest has developed one of the smallest and safest oil-to-plastic conversion machines out on the market today. It's founder and CEO, Akinori Ito is passionate about using this machine to change the way people around the world think about their plastic trash. From solving our landfill and garbage disposal issues to reducing our oil dependancy on the Middle East, his machine may one day be in every household across Japan."


Anonymous said...

Very informative!!

In recent times, the world is becoming cognizant about the hazardous effects of plastic bags on the environment.
Also PLA has been used to line the inside of Paper Cups in place of the oil based lining more commonly used, create Plastic ( bioplastics ) Cups, Cutlery, Carrier Bags, Food Packaging and even Nappies.

Stephen M. Frey said...

Thanks for leaving the comment! I wasn't familiar with PLA so I visited Wikipedia and I share it here. Poly(lactic acid) or polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States) or sugarcanes (in the rest of world). Although PLA has been known for more than a century, it has only been of commercial interest in recent years, in light of its biodegradability. T

The presence of PLA extends farther than many of us even realize. This is a gratifying forward step. Thanks for sharing!

leed certification said...

This is great news! And one that could possibly lead into better one. I can just imagine if this converter can be made available to every household, then not only are we able to greatly lessen or eradicate non-biodegradable plastic waste but we're also able to save on fuel because all we have to do is recycle waste plastic to fuel our cars! lol!