Written by Janelle Francis

Plastic trash is one of the biggest pollutants of the environment, but Japanese Inventor Akinori Ito has a solution. As the CEO of Blest Company, Ito has developed a household machine that converts plastic bags into crude oil.

According to the Environmental Literacy Council, between 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year and instead harvesting this energy it generally thrown away as trash. Ito based the design of his machine on the fact that if plastic bags were made out of oil they should be able to be converted back to their original state. The device melts down the plastic bags, filters and cools the vapors, then finally condenses them back to crude oil. The machine is able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene into oil that can fuel ovens, stoves, or generators. Two pounds of plastic can be converted into one quart of oil, using only one kilowatt-hour of energy.

The cost of the machine is $10,000 right now, but Ito hopes to be able to lower the cost in the future. If more houses were able to have this new device it would not only save the consumer money, but it would also help to save the environment.



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