The Japanese company Blest has developed one of the smallest and safest oil-to-plastic conversion machines out on the market today. It's founder and CEO, Akinori Ito is passionate about using this machine to change the way people around the world think about their plastic trash. From solving our landfill and garbage disposal issues to reducing our oil dependency on the Middle East, his machine may one day be in every household across Japan.
While holding up a bag of trash, he states, "It's a waste to throw away, isn't it? This is a treasure."
Featuring Akinori Ito
Producer/Director/Camera/Edit: David Jimenez and Megumi Nishikura
Graphics: David Jimenez
Music composed by: David Jimenez
Shot on location in Kanazawa, Japan
Duration 05:09 minutes
Further information for this film can be found at film’s website: ourworld.unu.edu/en/2009/04/14/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/
United Nations University has published this work under a Creative Commons license - share alike, attribution, no derivatives, non-commercial
*About the filmmakers*
David Jimenez- Producer/Director/Music/Graphics
David Jimenez is a media designer and musician from Mexico City living in Tokyo, Japan since 2005.
He loves to dream of a better world for everyone--humans, nature and spirit. Since he joined United Nations University Media Studio in 2006 he has found a path to explore that dream.
Megumi Nishikura- Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
Megumi Nishikura's life purpose is to use the power of media to enlighten and inspire individuals to make choices that build a more positive sustainable world. She has been producing documentary films addressing global issues since 2003.
She has a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tish School of Arts (Sydney) and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies through the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues.
United Nations University Media Studio
The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu
For more information:
Our World 2.0 ourworld.unu.edu
A high resolution version of this video, and additional langauge subtitles are available. Please contact us for details:
53-70 Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku
Tokyo JAPAN 150-8925
Ph: +813 5467 1324