Day 352 – On Day 322, I wrote about a company vacuuming carbon from the atmosphere. It is becoming very clear that a reduction in carbon emissions and planting trees is not enough to battle global warming. Taking carbon out of the air is another weapon.
Earth 911 shared information on three companies making products from captures carbon.
Direct Air Capture
“The first large-scale DAC (Direct Air Capture) plant is now being developed in the United States, but most of the 19 DAC plants already operating in Europe, the U.S., and Canada are small and sell the captured carbon for use in products and commercial processes. There are more companies collecting carbon from industrial emissions at the source. This is because carbon is much more concentrated in industrial smokestacks than in the atmosphere.” – Earth911
“Using captured carbon in concrete can not only help offset the energy costs of producing concrete by up to 48%, but it can also reduce the energy cost of capturing carbon by skipping the energy-intensive purification step.” – Earth911
A new laundry capsule from Unilever uses surfactants made with alcohols derived from captured industrial emissions. Although the new laundry detergent will initially be available only in China, it may eventually become an option for everyone looking for a greener clean in their clothes washer.
Ultimately reducing our carbon emissions is the main goal. How we do that is becoming more and more creative.
Tomorrow, recycling antifreeze.