Akinori Ito has developed a portable machine that turns discarded plastic back into usable oil.
Like many people, Ito had a disconnect between his love of nature and caring about the environment. It wasn't until he had children that he realized the lasting impact of our consumerism and the waste it produces.
He developed a machine that heats plastic trash to produce oil that can be turned into gasoline, kerosene, or diesel.
What's phenomenal about this machine is that on top of reclaiming the oil in discarded plastic, it turns trash into a commodity. Instead of focusing on the negative environmental impact of all that plastic, it shows folks that there's an immediate, personal benefit to disposing of it in a more eco-friendly way.
Ito is president of Blest Company in Japan, which makes several different versions of the machine.
Of course, the best solution would be not producing these mountains of disposable plastics in the first place, but we're not there yet. In the meantime, this machine looks like an excellent tool for conserving resources and reducing CO2 emissions.
What do you think? Does this device just give us an excuse to waste more, or could it help tackle our plastic waste problems?
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