It's Sunday morning, around 6:30 am, and I got something special to do. With the Warhorse growing, it's easy to push back other important things. So I work to keep a Sunday morning ritual, a history of recycling food waste that created Warhorse, and it feeds my old truck with biofuel and washes firetrucks, buildings, and barstools for my local made cleaner.
For the past 11 years, My husband or I have made this early am trip almost every Sunday morning. This morning my 1981 Chevy Luv diesel--and trio of furry family Ed, Maggie, and Abbey (who ride along in hopes of seeing deer, squirrels, and rabbits)--putts around my town where we pick up used cooking oil from several restaurants to make plant biofuel and some Multi Purpose cleaner.
The Luv loves biofuel from the waste plant oil--at this restaurant there's peanut and canola oils. Through a process called transesterification, the plant oil can be turned into fuel for diesel engines. Boeing has been exploring biofuel production on six continents from various types of plants and used cooking oil. It's not just backyard chemistry.
Some of this 35 gallons is going to Polk County High School's Biofuel I science class that starts again this week. Last semester, the Biofuel II explored various types of plant energy and the class made their own green equipment cleaner.
My Isuzu Pup diesel digests the biofuel for local Warhorse deliveries to The Purple Onion, Landrum Hardware, Landrum Fire Department, and Foothills Humane Society, and Mr. Teaster's IGA.
On a larger scale, Warhorse's plant "waste" makes Warhorse Multi Purpose Cleaner for Southern Concrete trucks, JJ Tate Team Dressage horse trailers and trucks, for Foothills Humane Society's kennels, and farms and businesses in the midwest. Now, Warhorse works with other companies in the south and midwest to use their plant oils for our Multi Purpose Cleaner.
It's important to remember where it all started and keep my Sunday morning ritual.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt