Nicole (of Better Farm fame) was mentioning an interesting article she read about Japaneses company, Blest, creating a machine that can convert certain plastics into oil. In other words, trash into treasure (Read that article here.)! Of course people should all do their best to “reduce” their plastic use in the first place, but I see nothing wrong with investigating methods of recycling what was formerly unreclyclable, even if it’s not yet the perfect solution. And let’s not forget the potential for naturally occuring materials to produce man-made fuel…a la domesticating algea.
I also saw an similar article in the Watertown Daily Times about students in Canton testing grass-burning pellet stoves. As David Attenborough* says in Planet Earth: Great Plains, grass is a “miracle plant” – constantly regenerating in the face of drought, flood, fire, etc….in other words a constant, renewable resource. I would love to install a pellet stove in our house eventually, but it seems like the grass-burning one, like the plastic-to-oil machine, won’t be available to the general public for quite some time.
This is all great news, considering we’re dealing with some serious gas prices lately, with no end in sight (we’ll see how long the hikes can be blamed on “Middle-Eastern Unrest”)…it’s all happening.
*Let’s close with some always timely Attenborough quotes:
“Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.”
“The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what’s it all about.”“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”