Monday, July 02, 2007

Saving the planet, one smelly batch at a time.

Biodiesel may be biodegradable, nontoxic, and better for the environment than regular diesel, but it's a food product. And, if you get involved in the industry, you might just have to get used to smelling like the back of a restaurant's kitchen.

Consider the case of Jason Rose's Alamo Biodiesel (from the Express-News):

From those first small batches made in the fall of 2005, Rose has gone commercial, launching Alamo Biodiesel Inc. in a small warehouse just west of downtown at 523 Perez St., where the company is making about 800 gallons of biodiesel a day.


In the company's warehouse and office, production tanks exude what Rose calls "a faint tang of vegetable oil," but after a few minutes it permeates nostrils and clothes. The carpet in the office is slightly sticky, and operations manager Raul Sanchez says he goes home smelling like French fries.

A slightly sticky carpet in the office. Nice.

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