Funding the Biotruck
The journey may be environmentally sustainable, but it’s not financially sustainable.
To make ends meet we offer workshops to schools, academic lectures for universities, and corporate talks to businesses sharing the lessons we’ve learnt on this “Rubbish Journey” about Operating Sustainably, Witnessing Climate Change and It’s Effect on Social Justice, Engaging with Communities across Cultures, and Motivation in Adversity.
For more information on arranging a school visit, a corporate talk, or presentation please email Caroline Rose +44 (0) 7799 233 046
We’re also grateful that numerous individuals have contributed a few dollars through Pay Pal to help us stay on track. Every penny goes to keeping the Biotruck’s wheels turning sustainably against the earth’s axis.
It’s really hard to persuade corporations that sponsoring an expedition that preaches no-consumption is going to help them increase sales. Nonetheless we’ve had help from lots of companies that have provided a bit of cash but mostly the essential things we need to build the truck and undertake the journey. Thankfully these companies are run by people who like what we’re doing and want to see the trip succeed.
Wayne and Adam gave new life to the Biotruck. In Turkey I called Wayne with a problem not realising it was 7am on Sunday. Without really waking up he diagnosed the problem and told me how to fix it, literally IN HIS SLEEP. These guys are mechanical heroes.
Until Maersk Line said they would provide freight free shipping the expedition had no chance of making it around the world. Working with Maersk Line staff around the world has been an amazing insight into how interdependent nations are.
When times were hard and I was about to give up on the expedition, Mago Construction got in touch and offered to replenish the expedition funds. They are trying to bring American standards of sustainable construction to India.
Integreater are another life saving sponsor that came to our aid after the “Indian Problem” and introduced me to their unique thinking about sufficiency. Check out this remarkable development project.
Green Fuels sponsored the Grease to Greece Rally. They make Biodiesel processors of all sizes. Some of their spare parts are used in the bus to clean up the cooking oil, and they are always on hand to share contacts of producers around the world.
YBS Insulation have kindly provided Non-Itch Insulation made from recycled plastic bottles for both Biotrucks. Usually used for loft insulation, it’s easy to install without the need of a mask, and keeps the temperature and noise levels steady inside the truck.
Thanks to Rising Phoenix Biofuels, Oregon’s first biodiesel station, who donated 50gallons of fuel made from waste cooking oil, and hosted one of our presentations for the local community.
Alternative thinkers and alternative doers. These guys have set up the only biodiesel plant in central london. Most London Taxis run on their biodeisel and it’s all made from waste cooking oil collected from the capital’s fast food restaurants.
Suppliers of AV equipment, Big Picture had an old projector with one pixel missing. They could have sold it on eBay, instead they donated it to the expedition so we could give photo presentations along the journey.
Thanks to our Separett waterless toilet we’ve poo’d and pee’d all over the world, and it’s all composted without the need of chemicals or water. It took a while to get used to it, but now we can’t stop using it.
When my fuel tank split the day before I was due to leave London, Philton offered to make me a new liner out of recycled plastic. They make liners for containers normally, so they had the right expertise and offered to spend the time and materials to make a fuel tank which has lasted much longer than expected.
Biodeisel and vegetable oil are highly corrosive and dissolves rubber. J-Flex make a kind of rubber called Viton that is resistant. They’ve provided some off-cuts of sheeting for me to make gaskets and seals that will last as long as the truck.
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