What is BioFuel? Is is a reasonable fuel source?

Biofuel is fuel derived directly from living matter. Simple? No!

In this scene The Doc is putting food into his “Mr. Fusion” to create fuel. Oh the foresight. Back in 1989, someone imagined that food could be fuel. They were right.

Creating Biofuel is not simple. Reading about it is like sitting in a college chemistry course. Please click HERE for a full discussion by Biofuel.org.uk. The bottom line is that biofuel uses agricultural products like corn and soybeans to create fuel instead of non living things like oil. The great thing about biofuel is that we can reproduce it easily and inexpensively; however, because of the almighty dollar, the oil companies are not interested in letting any of their profit slip away.

biofuel technology

The Industry of Biofuel is promoted at the governmental level in Europe.

BusinessGreen.com has an article about this European movement and how it will provide tens of thousands of jobs. The article focuses obtaining living waste from trash as opposed to straight out of fields.

bio fuel

Imagine, as you are sorting your cardboard, cans and plastics into your recycling bin, you also have a container for food waste. Have you ever had a compost pile? Same stuff. The article makes reference to the sorting taking place at the landfill, not in the home.

Is BioFuel a reasonable fuel source?

Yes. The answer is simple. The complicated part is financial. Turning crops into fuels is a technology. It needs to be developed and development requires money. There are many massive companies who have an interest in oil remaining our primary source of fuel. Basically, until l oil runs out or become too expensive for us to buy, there will be no other fuel source. Of course this is just my opinion.

Next time you drive past a wide field of beautiful green crops remember that one day that will fuel your car, your home, you business.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored in Cobb County

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

mlkj smilingHonor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special celebration Monday,Jan. 19, at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. This year’s theme is “50 Years Later: Believe It, Achieve It” and the celebration begins at 10 a.m.
The community event is free and open to the public and will include the annual presentation of the “Living the Dream” award to a community member who demonstrates the ideals King exemplified.

This celebration is sponsored by the Cobb County Branch NAACP and Cobb County Government. Anderson Theatre is located inside the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. For more information, call the Cobb NAACP office at 770-425-5757.

 

January 19, 2015, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, represents a day to remember a true American Leader.

Not a leader elected through campaigning in the media and convincing thousands or millions to vote for him so he can legally represent them to vote bills that become law. We recognize a leader, who had a set of ethical beliefs, who believed by this faith in God that each of us is created equal; regardless of race, creed or culture. He arrived at the pinnacle of his cause during a time when by speaking the words he believed, he and many others lost their lives. Dr. King, set the machine in motion, for future trail blazers to have a road on which to walk. His message was never easy to deliver, nor was it easy to hear. But listening now, considering its message on each life, reveals a system of belief that is hard to seek and hard to live.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. probably made more heavily attended, public speeches than most politicians. And boy could he give a speech. I have given you three to look at but there are many more. Search YouTube if you get hooked.

The following video is a collection of clips from Dr. King’s speeches about the inequality of American Domestic Economy. It sounds very similar to news clips that have played over the last couple years. 

The is the classic “I Have A Dream Speech.” I wanted to include it because it represents and iconic speech of American History. This is not the best audio version available, but I think the visual image of the delivery is important.

This is the I Have Been To the Mountaintop Speech. It was his last. April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. The next day, King was assassinated.

Listening to Dr. King speak and remembering what he spoke in the face of exemplifies the spirit of America.

R&R Containers as a member of the Cobb County, Georgia community, remember this Georgia born American Crusader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

 

Support Local Business in Marietta, GA

Local Business is a corner stone of every community.

I really am not surprised by all the chains opening on every corner. Larger companies have greater financial backing and they pay less for inventory because they buy it in greater quantities. I have taken pride in finding locally owned businesses and spending my money with them because I have a sense that I am paying my “neighbor” instead of some beast of a corporation, that may not even live in my country, much less my town.

Local Business

There are many reasons why we should support our local businesses:

  1. Keeping dollars in our local economy.
  2. Promote the traditions of your community.
  3. Protect an industry from being “monopolized” by the big guys.
  4. Local businesses are respectful with their use of space and structure.
  5. Attracts tourism. No one wants to visit a town full of chains.
  6. Entrepreneurship is a fundamental American Quality.
  7. Thriving local business allows for stability of employment to town residents.

A local business has that personal touch.They remember you and your name, they don’t have to hire someone to stand and greet you on cue.

There are several studies to support the importance of healthy local business. One Article shows as #1,

Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)

To view the full article visit SustainableConnections

 

 

Pumpkin Uses – A Pumpkin Pie or Compost

What do I do with my PUMPKINS?

Pumpkin use after the pumpkin patch

I like to use a perfect pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern! It is a tradition I have had with my children since they were 2 years and 3 years old. We go to the pumpkin patch to pick out our perfect pumpkins, sometimes a pumpkin that is too heavy to carry to the car. We carve the top open and remove the seeds for roasting of course. Then the creativity begins. The children draw interesting faces, then mom and dad try to carve on the lines. Not always easy.  We enjoy as the candle flickers inside on Halloween evening as the smell of roasting pumpkin lingers through the house.

In the morning when we wake, it saddens me to see some neighborhood pumpkins have been smashed in the street. Some child’s art work turned to mush.

Then there are the truly gifted who can take a Halloween pumpkin and turn it into a delicious pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin soup. One of each for me please!

Another pumpkin use is to become a part of your compost.

If you collect leaves and grass in the Autumn for your compost you know that you need to add other items to help break them down. Pumpkin use in a compost is great as a nitrogen item. There are helpful charts available if you are in an inexperienced compost-er.

Compost Carbon:Nitrogen Ratios

Whichever way you decide to use your pumpkins after the Autumn holidays, enjoy them, there will be another year of harvesting before they’re available again.

R and R Containers, as member of the Acworth, GA Community is interested in making the most of our natural resources.  Call R and R Containers for information about waste disposal in our community.

Transforming Trash Into Music

“Recycled Orchestra” brings garbage to life.

 

Everyone knows the basic idea behind recycling, but the youth of Cateura, Paraguay are taking it to a whole new level. This small town was built on top of a landfill, and many of the families who live there recycle and resell the trash to make a living. Each instrument is handcrafted out of materials found in the waste, assisting the Recycled Orchestra in producing a uniquely beautiful sound. Operating out of a society that cannot afford expensive instruments, this talented group provides a musical escape for the entire town. Not everyone can do such amazing things with their trash, but everyone can be inspired by the way this community turned a landfill into a music shop! Check out this YouTube video to see the Recycled Orchestra in action.