If ever there was a reason to move away from the reliance of oil it is the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is started when the Deepwater Horizon rig suffered an explosion and eventually sunk. As it was going down, the fail-safes aboard the rig failed and a rupture in the line was allowed to form, causing 12,000 barrels of oil and gas to leak into a pristine natural area. Having been to the Caribbean 3 times I know full well what a nice area this, and this is one of the worst things that can happen there.

This all boils down to our huge reliance on oil. This is an issue I’m sure many of you know I feel particularly impassioned about. We desperately need to move away from the use of oil as soon as we can. In an economic climate where cash is hard to find at the minute, I feel that as well as governments doing their bit to move the effort forward, companies like BP, Shell and the other massive oil companies should be spending more of their enormous profits on finding ways to make renewable energies more accessible and user friendly.

The double glazing industry has to prepare itself for the same thing. There is going to come a point where the polymers used to make our PVCu cannot be made from oil. There is information out there which states the same polymers can be made using sustainable crops used for oil, so why don’t we go down that road a bit further and see if it is a viable option. Because sooner or later, and certainly in my lifetime, oil is going to become a resource only talked about in history, not in the present.