The Gulf Oil spill that wreaked havoc on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastlines began April 2010 and continued to pollute these beautiful coastline habitats months after the leak was capped. Oil booms were placed along the coastline and in the gulf in attempts to contain the oil spill. It was devastating for our nation to watch and even more devestating to those whose livliehoods had been directly affected by this monstrous disaster.
It has been a little over a year now since the oil spill. So many of us around the nation just continue about our daily lives and easily forget what is not directly affecting us at the moment. This is why, I was pleasantly surprised to see that General Motors had not forgotten the oil spill at all. In fact they made plans to recycle the oil booms which would otherwise have been sent to landfills.
Yes, I am proud of General Motors. They will be using the oil booms for the Chevy Volts air-deflecting baffles. General Motors has saved 212,000 pounds of waste from the landfill to be recycled as plastic resin.
Give General Motors a pat on the back and hope that other companies see how economically beneficial it will be to take advantage of what seems to be a negative and use it as a company positive. This is when I think of the addage, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect! There is no better time to start than NOW!