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Chapter 1

There are so many tid bits of wisdom that can help make life easier. Some of this knowledge is promoted as secretive by marketing gurus trying to profit but I rather just highlight the most helpful information in this book. I am always questioning if this is the best format to publish this wisdom? Maybe you can comment and share some helpful ideas that may make this book a smoother read!

 As I travel along my path I record the most helpful secrets and organize them in the following pages. Let’s begin with some of the amazing creations in the world today that you may not know about. The 1% profit from hiding and suppressing these inventions and they do everything they can to keep them from you.

PLASTIC OIL EXTRACTOR

[blest.co.jp] A Japanese inventor named Akinori Ito was fed up with all the plastic litter in the world so he studied large industrial machines used to extract the oil out of used plastic and designed an extractor small enough for home use.

The smallest model of his Blest Machine is listed with a sale price in the neighborhood of $10,000 but the unit could be assembled out of raw materials for much less.

You insert plastic into a sealed holding chamber that heats the plastic until it vaporizes and the oil and impurities separate. The impure vapor escapes leaving the oil to condense upon cooling. It is then ready to be used for things like cooking, heating and biofuel mixing. It would be great to have a similar device with our volunteer teams when they are picking up recycling in littered areas. The down side is that the small mobile units take a few hours to break down the plastic and the chamber only holds about the equivalent of a standard plastic grocery bag.

Affordable small scale recycling machines like the Blest model needed to be available since the beginning of the plastic revolution in the 1920s. Without introducing a proper disposal and recycle education to consumers in the beginning, civilization quickly lost control of the plastic plague.

Most scientists didn’t think about the harm their creations would cause to the planet. Industry leaders were so excited about all the possible products they could make that hardly anyone cared about the consequences of the waste.

Today, nearly 100 years later, we are surrounded by a plastic prison of wasteful products that strangle mother earth. As you read this, look around and you will see some form of plastic. If you are reading a digital copy of this book, the reading device is likely made of molded plastic.

The danger lies in the chemical composition of the plastic and how it is used by the consumer. The companies that decide what chemicals are used are all part of an association called the American Chemistry Council (ACC). They team up together to contribute to politicians and legally fight off regulators that try to pass or enforce laws against the use of their chemicals. They also form internet sites to promote their products with illusions of being in the best interest of the world. They use names like Progressive Bag Affiliates, Save the Plastic Bag and a variety of plastic bag recycling groups.

If you are not worried about the transfer of cancer causing chemicals into the bodies of innocent children unable to defend themselves maybe some other points of interest will convince you to stop contributing to the plastic plague. Think about the following facts reported in the documentary “Bag It”.

– Approximately 300 million cups alone are used 1 single time and disposed of every day just from coffee shops surveyed. That does not include soda cups from gas stations and fast food chains which could easily be another 300 million a day. Now, add a realistic guesstimate of around another 100 million cups and plates that come from irresponsible home users for parties and those used outdoors.

– The average person purchased 800 lbs. of packaging in 2010

– Disposable plastic diapers amount to over a ton of waste per year per child.

– Approximately 1.036 BILLION plastic bags are used in the U.S. every DAY!

A source cited in the documentary “Bag It”, claims that less than 5% of these non aluminum items are recycled back into industry. If a business would step up and provide their own recycling bins for their products and return them back to their manufacturing facilities it would make a noticeable difference to their local landfills and overflow waste transporters.

Compare the recycling rate of plastic, glass & paper with nationally valued materials like copper and aluminum for example. The metals are easily cashed in at facilities everywhere so they have a much higher rate of being turned in for recycling.

There are good forms of plastic made out of hemp and other natural compounds but these products are mostly custom ordered. Corn and hemp based cardboard paper packaging, bowls and similar products made by a company like Cereplast, should replace the petro plastic items as well. TetraPak is another good source for biodegradable packaging.

Toxic petro plastic items should not be allowed to come in contact with our food and water. It should also not be used in any products that are at risk of being chewed on. Several varieties of plastic release toxins just by touch and most of the time you are not wearing gloves so your skin is absorbing those toxins. If that is not enough reason to stop using plastic straws, consider the fact that they have a dominant presence on the best ocean beaches in the world.

 There are studies that explain how BPA had leached into nearly 90% of people by 2015. BPA stands for Bisphenol A. BPA is a chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They are also used in other consumer goods.

 Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water lines. Some dental sealants and composites also contain BPA.

 Research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with it. BPA can have negative impacts on the brain and prostate gland, children’s behavior and cause high blood pressure.

There are plenty of good uses for bio plastic in technology. Without plastic moldings we would not have devices to mass communicate and coordinate our efforts to reverse the destruction of human civilizations. The biggest problem is that the wrong ingredients are being used to create the plastic products. Petroleum and non biodegradable additives are being used instead of silicone or degradable plant oils like algae, hemp, corn or soy.

Silicone containers are slowly replacing the harmful plastic containers. Silicone can be more flexible which allows it to be flattened or folded like bag containers but yet sturdy enough to be stackable.

Ford Motor company shows that is possible to avoid petroleum based fiberglass and plastics by using hemp based versions. Ford promoted an all hemp car in the early 1920s. Read all about it at [HempCar.org] In 2015, oil prices dropped below $39 a barrel. Only a few times this millennium has the price dropped that low. This happens when environmental hot topics like electric vehicles, renewable energy, and recycling reach a trending point that the Petroleum groups and American Chemistry Council feel threatened. They lower the prices to increase demand until the trends decrease. For example, when prices are so low, recycling centers have to shut down because it costs more to process the used plastic than it costs to purchase new plastic stock from manufacturers.

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Lately I have had a lot of cleanup projects from construction sites that require taking treated wood and asphalt shingles to a construction recycle station. This facility is one in the same as where the city of Lincoln Nebraska has private home owners dump anything not picked up by the main city trash collection system.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTURBANDEVELOPMENT/0,,contentMDK:23172887~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:337178,00.html

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201203/grapple-trash-bible-126.aspx

Every time I go it makes me shed a tear as I have to witness the perfectly good items being placed into the same waste collection system instead of the local donation centers. In the not so eco-friendly communities spanning nearly everywhere east of Las Vegas, the average amount of trash placed improperly is close to 6lbs PER PERSON PER DAY compared to less then 1lb!!!

Why are the eco-smart communities generating so much less waste?

It is because of the combination of charging collection rates based on weight AND the system in place which makes it easy to take your recycling in AND GET PAID FOR IT!!!

I feel like my native American friends, who shed a tear watching the Public Service Announcement liter commercial from 1971. (note the actor was Italian)

Even more then the re-useables, are the recyclable items which make up over 80% of the total of all things. The remainder is construction related and even about half of that is wood that should be mulched or burned for heat.

I just can’t stand it because this is nearly the last step in a products life cycle and the United States efficiency of use is dead last in comparison to the worlds leading countries. Our waste of finances to acquire un-needed items and push the economy further out of control alters the general public’s conception of reusing items. Instead of making an effort to find a new home for something we don’t want, most of use are just tossing it into an inappropriate waste collection system.

My visit resulted in rescuing a perfectly good $40 soccer ball from an older man tossing out his grandchildren’s unused toys. On the other side of me was a lady in her 40’s tossing over 20 paintings, frames and canvas’. I looked at what I could reach to see if the canvas was quality hemp to reuse (paint over) but passed on them. The next person that pulled in tossed a fireplace set with stand $40, several new baseboards at $10/each and about 10 more large aluminum framed prints and paintings that someone paid a couple hundred for. There was even a bible in the pile but out of reach.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/06/daily-chart-3

Recycle

 

** For the items that fall in the gray area between degradable trash and recycle approved…. it is best to clean them, group together if needed and leave them at a public recycling drop off station. Even if they are not on an approved “list”, the sorting agency will get them to the right processing area.

The only real common household trash is hygiene and medical products. Trash bags and trashcans don’t even belong inside the house and their proper use should be for sorting recycle materials. 50% of the average full trash bag/can is packaging that is recyclable.

Degradable food scraps should be placed into a earthworm compost pile and most everything else is recycleable or safe to burn.

What is My BIGgest Moral Value?

Most would say it is a combination of my dedication to sell my possessions and apply my wealth towards causes in need of life saving help.

 

Some say it is my ability to live free on the road for the past 8 years and counting while giving my time and labor to volunteering and philanthropy organizations.

 

Floating my consciousness above these physical attributes which lie in the realm of RE-ACTING, I am able to examine the deeper issue.

Looking deep into the ROOT of the problems faced by the Causes we help, there is an association with money and it’s use to acquire “things”. These things then eventually create stress or other problems by transforming into a bond of addiction between the thing and our life processes.

 

SO MY BIGgest Moral Value is my dedication to the first step of minimizing the CAUSES of problems in our life which is to STOP acquiring forms of WASTE.

 

If you are able to reuse everything in your life without the help of outside sources you stop addiction; you no longer need to buy “things”; you educate yourself to build/create/repair; and you phase out nearly all need for money.

 

Below will be a growing list of examples as I take time to record them:

– I create and contribute to NO trash. This removes the need for money to pay a trash service. I grow my own food. My food scraps go back into the garden compost. IF I acquire something with a non biodegradable wrapper I use it as packaging material for our donated shipping items.

 

– I harness and use renewable clean energy. IF I am on a grid power source I minimize every use and am aware of my actions and the pollution I am contributing to.

 

– I do all my own labor for building, repairing etc. that are absolutely necessary.

 

– I reuse or trade and barter for any products