Dont Worry, We Have Good News

What’s up everyone, how are we doing this week!? I know, I know, it’s been a tough week, really it’s been a tough couple weeks, but ya know, this one was just the icing on the cake. But, you know what? That’s not how we do it, here at Powe. Snowboards, so we’re going to move on and concentrate on the positive and exciting things that are happening around us. This week we’re going to branch off a bit from the usual Green Tip and take a look at two really cool, like super cool (SUPER cool), things that happened this week. Trust me, we could all use a little pick me up.

Our first morale booster for the week comes from a site I frequently visit, IFL Science, go check them out, they’re awesome. Anyway, this article is about a recently discovered bacteria that has been found in the ocean that has a pretty interesting appetite. This specific microbe breaks down polyethylene-terephthalate (PET), which is one of the most used types of plastics available. Essentially, this microbe eats plastic for breakfast, lunch, dinner, any snacks in between, and breaks it down into pure, natural waste products, which is SUPER COOL. A), Mother Nature has pretty much developed a way to help heal herself of a horrible, human induced illness, and unnatural form of plight. And B), think about what researchers can learn from these microbes. Who knows, maybe through studying how these microbes operate, they can learn how to naturally process and break down plastic waste and provide that on a larger scale. Now, this doesn’t mean that we should start relying on the planet to learn how to naturally break down everything we dump onto it, but it does mean that there is a brighter future into solving our huge plastic waste productions.

Photo by, Master Wen

Photo by, Master Wen

 Alrighty, the second morale booster for this week comes from our very own rider, rep, and all around cool guy Andrew Kimiecik! I’m gonna let his words, exactly, take over for a few because it couldn’t have been crafted anymore beautifully. “Oregon is pretty rad, I signed up for a Renewable power plan last summer and our home has been 99% powered by wind energy from the Northwest for the past year. Slightly more expensive each month? Yes. The right move for our planet? More Yes. Be the change you want to see, no matter how big or small it may be. Don’t get caught up in other people’s lack of commitment.” Wow. See here people, that’s the attitude we need. Yeah maybe you’re paying a tiny bit more for electricity, but it would be pretty cool to walk outside and feel the same breeze that is powering your house hit your face. A few other stats from his post; Andy’s purchase of 4,053 kilowatts of hours of renewable energy prevented over 6,400 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere, which is also the equivalent of not driving 7,141 miles. Good for you Andy, that’s pretty impressive. Everyone go ahead and give him a round of applause and then go check out his page to see how rad he really is.

 So that’s it for this week folks. Short and simple, in the words of Andy “the man” Kimiecik (Kim-eh-check?), “Don’t get caught up in other people’s lack of commitment.” There’s still a whole bunch of amazing things happening in the world of science and everyday new advances are being made that are not only mind blowing, but going to be super helpful to the health of ourselves and the environment. Have a great week, all.