At Shaw Industries Cary Baker woke up one day with a goal.
"I started doing some research on line about diesel and cooking oil," said Baker.
A goal to find a way to make a huge boiler at Shaw Industries run more efficiently and become more of a friend to the environment. Shaw makes carpet yarns.
One thing led to another so Baker dashed off a memo to more than 1,200 employees, a memo encouraging workers to bring some used cooking oil to work.
So far company employees have collected two and a half barrels, some 130 gallons of cooking oil and they'll pour all of it into Shaw's new $13,000 bio-diesel processor. The mixing is a complicated process that takes about 48 hours.
The company spends about $90,000 a month on fuel costs, but adding bio-diesel to the boiler will save only about 1% in fuel costs, not much of a savings according to Baker but he says that's not the point.
"This is a good way to become more environmentally friendly," Baker said.