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Going plastic free means you need to know so much more about the basic stuff that you use, what it is, where is it from and even some chemistry – urk!

So here is some information about science, green issues and other related subjects that impact on the plastic debate. Plus a look at the alternative products being touted and thoughts on how better they actually are.

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Downcycling

A comment often made about plastic recycling in, (I would suggest), a rather disparaging tone, is that it is not ...
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Petrol in my vegetable oil?

Did you know that petroleum-derived hexane may be used to harvest your vegetable oil? No me neither but here's how ...
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Product Miles

I am always concerned by how far a purchase has to travel to reach me. If it was grown or ...
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Regenerated fibres, Rayon, Viscose, Modal & Tencil.

The base material is cellulose that can be obtained from a range of sources including wood, paper, cotton fiber, or ...
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Which fabric….

In April I am going to be trawling through my wardrobe, ( such as it is). here is some background ...
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Selling second hand clothes to Africa

You give to Oxfam, (and lots of other charities), they sell it to textile businesses (not charities) who make a ...
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Bad Cotton

Why is nothing EASY??????? From the world wildlife fund About 20 million tones of cotton are produced each year in ...
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Methane

Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant with significant climate warming potential. Methane gas, or biogas, is released when organic material ...
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Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol

Do not mix up your alcohols. This is not a warning of the type "wine after beer makes you feel ...
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Incineration

Incineration is to dispose of waste materials by burning them. The end results are heat, ash and gases. High-temperature waste ...
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Dirt, pH balance and chemical cleaning

In this post you cad read about Soils (Dirt) Alkaline Acid Cleaning Dirt, stains and even rusts are all known ...
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Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol, or isopropanol (also known as rubbing alchohol or surgical spirit) is made from propene derived from fossil fuels ...
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Manufacturing Sodiums

In this post you can read about Salt - (sodium chloride)NaCl Glauber’s salt- (sodium sulphate). Synthesised from salt but also ...
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How to find out if it’s toxic….

Polyethylene terephthalat PET or PETE plastic code 1 is made from carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, just like paper. It is ...
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Paper versus plastic versus reusables

So if I don't want to use plastic bags then would I suggest using paper as an alternative? Well actually ...
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Foil, Paper, Cardboard and Plastic

When I started my boycott I soon realized that giving up plastic would be no easy ride but I didn’t ...
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Washing Soda? Bicarbonate Of Soda? Or Both?

The trinity of green cleaning – washing soda, bicarbonate and borax. Often mentioned rarely explained! Let's take washing soda and ...
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N.B.

I have no wish to add to the massive amounts of misinformation out there.

Please note I am no chemist, I know nothing of the sciences. Much of the information here has been gleaned from the unreliable Google Mines and filtered through my total ignorance. I think it’s correct. If It’s not please do tell me.

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Definitions   terms you will come across in your quest to be plastic-free and understand synthetic polymers

About The Alternatives – discussing alternative products to the now standard plasticfare including the raw materials needed to make your own plastic free products

The Rest – general greenery and chitchattery

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