We live in a very connected world.... not simply connected by electronic communications, but connected by natural processes. When we build water impermeable walkways, driveways, roads and buildings, and the storm sewers which carry away the collected water, we are diverting water to our rivers, lakes and oceans that would otherwise have helped to fill our aquifers, thus leading to a shortage of fresh water in the developed world. When we mine resources, drill for fuels, generate electricity, manufacture steel, concrete, and plastics we emit carbon into the atmosphere which changes our climate. When we throw away plastic products after we are done with them, we both waste the potential of recycling that valuable material and we harm the health of plants, animals, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, contaminate our aquifers, and even harm our own health.
Now is the time that we must all make small changes in our lives to help ensure our own future and the future of our children, grandchildren, and all future generations. When we ALL make small changes like picking up plastic garbage and recycling it, driving 60 mph (100 km/hr) instead of 70 mph (120 km/hr), using LED light bulbs that last 25 years and use 50% less electricity, and eating smaller portions of meat, we can collectively make a HUGE difference.
Waste Reduction Week began today and we will be participating all week. We have been having many discussions here about the ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint. You might see this week’s events appearing in your community, perhaps with a charity clothing drive or a reuse day at your local waste facility. Each day of waste reduction week has a different theme.
There are two specific things that we are very passionate about here at Omachron – innovation and improvement. We are Canadian leaders in innovation. Our Chief Scientist holds close to 600 patents to his name. Where there is a problem – we find a solution. Wednesday’s Innovators day we chose as a day to tell you about our new light bulb! Yes, we did re-invent the light bulb which will be a great contributor to reducing waste once your light bulb has burned out. We also believe that we have developed a real, tangible way to reduce the plastic waste in our oceans, and to reduce the amount of plastic produced by packaging companies. We are individuals who are doing research and development to find solutions to the problem that we are facing right now.
Have you seen this video of a man from Japan who created the technology to turn plastic back into oil? Or this group of Dutch scientists who designed a 2000 foot boom to collect plastics from the ocean. Have you ever heard of the Give Back Box? You reuse any box you were shipped an item in, fill it with clothing for charity, and access a free shipping label online. What do you do with your old CD’s? Were you aware you can send them to the CD Recycling Center of America where they are turned back into resin for new products? The National Crayon Recycling Program is one that allows you to send broken crayons and they are remade into new crayons – saving precious resources. Similarly, Crayola has a recycling program for markers that have dried out, and they actively partner with school boards to allow drop boxes for teachers and families alike to participate. What about diapers? It is estimated that the average baby will wear over 5000 diapers in the first 3 years of their lives. These fathers from Calgary have come up with a way to recycle and break down any brand of diaper in just 10-12 days.
We have highlighted only a few of the incredible innovators that are coming up with ways to deal with the mass destruction that we see in our environment today. Omachron is doing our part with one of our latest technologies that will allow municipalities and businesses to produce plastics for production that are responsibly sourced and environmentally ethical. This revolution will make a difference and add to the circular economy as it is 100% recycling of post-consumer plastic being turned into building materials and other products locally. As such we are creating local jobs and strengthening local economies. We will be publishing more detailed information about specific products we will be manufacturing out of 100% recycled plastic. There is no sorting, no washing, and the product produced is aesthetically pleasing.
If you really want to know how we make it happen, here is the link about our extruders that will be coming to production in 2020. Do you have an exciting environmental innovation? Have you been more conscious about purchasing products with ecofriendly packaging? Let us know what you have planned for waste reduction week.