October 17, 2019 2 min read
The Old Man in the Airplane: A New Short Film by One Tree Planted
If we're going to truly address the climate crisis and create new ways of living more sustainably, we'll need to challenge conventional thinking on just about everything. That's what Bruce Campbell has done. By converting an airplane into his home in Oregon, Bruce has given us a whole new perspective on recycling. Here's his story.
Have you ever thought about what happens to old airplanes? They are actually made of a majority of recyclable materials, but many are not recycled fully or properly, becoming waste. If we can use our imagination, the potential for recycling and reusing airplanes can be an amazing opportunity.
Here are some old airplane stats:
When it happens, the recycling process occurs in a special junk yard where the first step is to remove any valuable components and hazardous materials, followed by an assessment of which parts can be sold. The plane is then deconstructed through the removal of bolts, with each part removed piece by piece, some saved for scrap metal. And finally, the rest gets crushed and taken to a bone yard.
In addition to planting many trees around the property, Bruce has found a way to make an airplane into his home. And while that may not be a practical choice for everyone, it begs the question of why we can't convert airplanes into all sorts of things. Restaurants, Airbnb's, kids playhouses, shops... why not? All it takes is some creative thinking and dedication. Sustainability is within our reach if we dare to try.
by Diana Chaplin
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