The take home is this technology is real and it works! We saw first-hand how you can take normal everyday plastic, from #2 to #7 including thin films wrappers. Put it in this cute little gizmo and voila! Out comes oil!
The oil can then be run through the same machine and further processed into gasoline, kerosene, and diesel. Then, put it in your tank and go surfing! Oh, don’t forget to pick up some trash while you are at the beach to refuel!
This is definitely not the only answer to the huge global issue of marine debris, though I bet we could incentivise beach clean-ups if plastic was worth money! We hope to bring a machine to Santa Barbara to demonstrate this technology by doing beach clean-ups and driving away on the plastic we processed. We also want to set up demonstration sites in areas around the world with substandard waste infrastructure to show how we can turn our trash into treasure.
We dream of people making a living from cleaning the beaches, and with your support we can make this happen! Please donate to our common cause.