Without sounding too apocalyptic, I’ve always envisioned alterna-fuels like waste vegetable oil becoming more prominent during my lifetime. Either due to economic constraints, political implications, even blunt obviousness. Or, likely, a combination of all those factors! As the science becomes more refined, and in particular as the efficiency of output increases, these methods will undoubtedly move into the mainstream (and already are in some remote island locations). Lynne from Massachusetts writes about her family’s converted engine,

It turns a regular diesel car into a waste vegetable oil burning vehicle. My husband and I take the oil after being used at local restaurants and burn it in our vehicles. This not only saves the oil from being trucked off Cape Cod (where we live) but it helps us and some local friends lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

And diesel engine conversions are one of the more straightforward alterna-fuel methods, with kits and instructions readily available (and online user groups eager to assist!). Obviously the original vegetable oil still has to be trucked in, but with conversions available for coconut oil, soybean oil, and veggie oil, I imagine local fuel economies replacing interstate gasoline commerce in the coming decades. As such, Lynne has submitted her project to keep vegetable oil from being deposited in landfill to the Project Remake Contest – asking makers to submit ideas from would-be trash and garbage, remade into functional or aesthetic projects.

Calling all remakers, upcyclers, found object artists, and refuse miracle makers! Win a MakerBot Replicator and a trip to World Maker Faire in NYC! Submit your idea to Project Remake, presented by Schick.