November 29, 2010

Plastic Bags to Oil, I Swear It’s Real!.

I stumbled upon this gem of a video and after initially being a bit skeptical it appears that this is a legitimate breakthrough in doing something about our problem with plastics.  This idea hit home after seeing another post with a  video about banning single use plastic bags.

This will be epic in taking care of the plastic we still have while turning it into a usable resource and not one that just clogs up landfills and our beautiful planet.

This doesn’t mean we can still be reckless in making plastic products but it means that we can at least take care of the plastic products we are using right now.

Worried about the by-products of the conversion?

“…if the proper materials are fed into the machine (i.e., polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene — PP, PE,  PS plastics), there is no toxic substance produced and any residue can be disposed of with regular burnable garbage. They also explain that while methane, ethane, propane and butane gasses are released in the process, the machine is equipped with an off-gas filter that disintegrates these gases into water and carbon.”

Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

The Biggest Issue:

“The world’s oil resources are diminishing; does technology like this enable our denial of that fact, or is it a hopeful and constructive step in the right direction?”

What do you think?

(Thanks to Keetsa for the featured image!)

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