Funding the Biotruck

The journey may be environmentally sustainable, but it’s not financially sustainable.

Talks

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

Donations

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.

Sponsors

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.

Total Vehicle Technology 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.

Ekit have provided this great SIM card and credit which allows the website to update with our whereabouts. Plus they’ve been really supportive when my phone was stolen in India.

Ecovolt provided the Solar Panel system that means we don’t have to run the engine when we’re parked up. They specialise in home installations in the UK.

These guys have supported all the Biotruck Expeditions, right back from coming to see off Biotruck I when we drove to Timbuktu. They did  a great job converting the truck to run on cooking oil.

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.

You try finding a 12v pump designed to suck cooking oil. Zuwa make the only one I could find. And they love the truck and the trip so they donated one which is what we use every time we fill up.

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.

 

Good Energy provide renewable energy for domestic and business customers. A great vibe in the company meant that they’ve sponsored the costs of keeping the blog up to date on the website.

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.

Ozone Paragliders have provided a discount wing so I can fly over the places we visit without using any fossil fuels.

Terra Ambiente have advised us how to calculate our carbon footprint.

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.

Euro Tunnel are the lowest carbon emission way to get across the channel. They use French nuclear electricity and gave me and the truck passage from the UK to France.

 

Thanks to the philanthropy of the adventurous partners at the Artemis Investment Fund we’ve been able to meet some of the unpleasant and unexpected expenses of the journey.

Biofuels Media continue to be a supportive industry media partner of all the Biotruck projects.

Rough Guides have provided guide books for our journey.