The Japanese company Blest has done something truly astonishing. They have created a machine which converts plastics back into oil. To be more accurate, they have developed several such machines, in varying sizes, from a home table top model to larger industrial scale versions meant for continuous use.
You can watch the Blest CEO, Akinori Ito, explain the machine in this video. According to what is shown in the subtitle clip, any type of plastic, including styrofoam, plastic bags and bottle caps, can be converted back into oil. The oil can then be converted into gasoline and other oil by-products.
I don’t know why we haven’t been hearing about it before now, since the technology has been around for over a year, but the $10,000 price tag does make it less than accessible for most people. Fortunately, it is Blest’s goal to continue to work on the technology and eventually create a machine that will be affordable for everyone.
In the meantime, perhaps it is time for businesses with a large need for oil and gasoline to invest in the continuous use versions. How fast could we clean up the planet if one large shipping company fueled their trucks on recycled plastic? Or how about if one of the major oil companies bought one of these machines?