Friday, June 28, 2013

Carbon dioxide increase – the winning side

 As we most likely learned in school, carbon dioxide or CO2 is the gas we breathe out from the work that our cells accomplish in our body, and the gas that plants need to absorb to thrive and produce the food that we all eat. The more carbon dioxide (up to a point far higher than present) the faster plants grow. There is geological evidence that there was far more carbon dioxide and plant life during certain periods in the past.
This is the most likely reason there is an abundance of carbon based fuel in the ground in the form of oil, gas and coal. This fuel came from carbon dioxide in the air, used by plants, and stored in the ground for us to reuse today. Scientists theorize that without plants there would be no oxygen for us to breathe, food to eat or fuel to produce energy.
When this fuel is burned for heat and energy, the carbon is oxidized forming carbon dioxide. Some of this carbon dioxide is captured, stored as dry ice, used for cooling or blast cleaning and cycled back into the atmosphere where it was previously absorbed by the plants and stored in the ground for our fuel. It is amazing how this carbon dioxide cycle can produce both heat and cooling energy for our use.
Carbon dioxide is also widely used in the beverage industry. We all are familiar with it when we drink a soda – carbon dioxide makes the fizz because it is water soluble. This means the ocean, covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, also absorbs carbon dioxide and will dissolve most of the additional carbon dioxide emitted by man. Carbon dioxide permits the growth of ocean plant food necessary for plankton, fish, whales, and other sea life to live.
ISLA Earth reports a recent Smithsonian study showing an increased amount of carbon dioxide will benefit wetlands all over the world by growing greater biomass necessary for its survival, keeping incoming water from drowning the wetlands.

Therefore we could be celebrating the very small percent increase of carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere over the last fifty years, from .0387% to .0400%, because of the benefits it offers us, instead of an alarmist’s attitude of gloom and destruction.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Internet sales for dry ice suppliers.

How often is dry ice purchased over the internet? Internet sales world wide topped one trillion for 2012 – up 15% over the previous year. Isn’t this a growing market worth examining?

Dry ice producers and distributors have often thought this was too difficult because dry ice must be shipped by ground and sublimation losses add up quickly. Yet some companies have worked with UPS and offer on line sales within a two day delivery radius from their plant. They can reach new customers many hundred of miles away. Two companies I am aware of are Dry Ice Express in Toronto, Canada, and Atomic Dry Ice in Minnesota. UPS will not guarantee delivery and delayed delivery must be replaced by the supplier and not UPS, so prices must be enough to cover these additional efforts and risks.

The first requirement is a good dry ice shipping container. These containers when added to a dry ice supplier’s inventory are also available to sell to the public. Next, set up daily shipping procedures. This service can also be offered to the walk-in public allowing them to ship their frozen goods. Finally be sure to advertise these new services on line to reach many new customers.

The added value of offering internet dry ice sales to a limited local area, along with new products and shipping services will expand your customer base and customer satisfaction.

Welcome to the internet age.