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.

Toothpaste With Added Plastic

What's in your commercial toothpaste? For starters ther may be plastic micro beads!Did you know that at least 12  Crest  toothpastes ...
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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. Extraction Vegetable ...
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Product Miles

Help Me This is something of a prototype post and it needs some input. If you know of any great ...
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Greaseproof paper/ waxed paper

Baking paper – also known as greaseproof bakery paper or parchment paper, is grease proof paper that is used in ...
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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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Natural V Synthetic 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 profit from ...
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Fabrics, Fibres & Yarns Index

In this post you can read  an introduction to fibres and fabrics or use the quick links to jump to ...
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Fabric Natural

Textiles and ultimately clothing start with fibres Know Your Fibres Fibres are short fine hairs that can be twisted or ...
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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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Antiseptics & Disinfectants

This post talks about Microbes Antiseptics Disinfectants Alcohol Bicarbonate Of Soda Vinegar Hydrogen  peroxide Soap Essential oils This is an area ...
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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 queer" ...
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Incineration is to dispose of waste materials by burning them. The end results are heat, ash and gases. High-temperature waste treatment systems ...
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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 occurs ...
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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 claimed that, ...
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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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Plastic? Rubber? Just plain weird? Used for everything  from ice-cube trays to adult toys to cake tins it certainly gets ...
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Foil and Paper, Plastic lined

Now of course I know that nearly all paper products used to package food that have a thin plastic liner.  Foil ...
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Washing Soda, Bicarbonate Of Soda & Borax

When I first went plasticfree I read up on alternative ways to clean online. Lots of people reccomended Bicarbonate of ...
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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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