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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 are links to  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.

You can find them listed below. They have also been filed under the following headings.

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

Good To Know – what is a chemical? Is all alcohol the same? The difference between antiseptics and disinfectants? All explained here….

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

There is a new machine on the market that can create 3d components out of plastic without the need for ...
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Is a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical - ie one that lasts a long time, accumulates in the food chain ...
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You go to the supermarket clutching your cotton reusable produce bag to buy some apples Immediate eco dilemma. Can't buy ...
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Why is nothing EASY??????? From the world wildlife fund About 20 million tones of cotton are produced each year in ...
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I don't know if you can use it to put out burning cakes but bicarbonate of soda is rather wonderful ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here... But what ...
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Bioplastics or organic plastics are derived from renewable sources such as starch, vegetable oil and even chicken feathers. One such ...
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Bisphenol A or BPA is it is known to its chums is used in some thermal paper products such as ...
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If I did a lot of decorating I would, if possible, buy paint in tins then recycle it through the ...
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A guest post from Michael Bloch blogging up on Green Living Tips.com Green Living Tips is an online resource powered ...
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Plants and animals are organic everything else is inorganic Inorganic things are made from chemicals. Chemicals are also found in ...
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There are some biodegradable, compostable plastics. What is biodegradable? Biodegradable products break down through a naturally occurring microorganism into simple, ...
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Sung to the tune of... can you guess.... on the count of three Imagine no incineration No chimneys towering high ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here… And yet ...
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Traditional plastics do not biodegrade. Of course plastic breaks, tears and cracks. It weathers and sunlight makes it brittle, It ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here… However these ...
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The chemical name for dioxin is: 2,3,7,8- tetrachlorodibenzo para dioxin (TCDD). The name "dioxins" is often used for the family ...
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In this post you cad read about Soils (Dirt) Alkaline Acid Cleaning Dirt, stains and even rusts are all known ...
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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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Copied from the The EU list of potential endocrine disruptors The EU strategy for endocrine disruptors includes the task of ...
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A few quotes on the endocrine system....... "Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and ...
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To understand plastic you need a lot of time and a good working knowledge of chemistry at the very least ...
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Essential oils have gone from being an obscure aspect of botany to an all round marketing ‘good thing’. Almost every ...
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Ethane is a chemical compound in the form of a colorless, odorless gas . It is one of the by ...
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Do not mix up your alcohols. This is not a warning of the type "wine after beer makes you feel ...
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In this post Fibres, Yarn & Fabric Natural fibres Synthetic Fibres Regenerated Fibres Blended Fabrics Fibre Production Carbon Footprint Fibres, ...
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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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Things to consider when choosing glass packaging as oppose to plastic What is glass Glass is made from sand, soda ...
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Polyethylene terephthalat PET or PETE plastic code 1 is made from carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, just like paper. It is ...
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Hydrocarbon is a molecule that only contains hydrogen and carbon atoms, joined together by covalent bonds. Remember that a covalent ...
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Last week our U.K. tour took us through Bury St Edmunds which pleased me more than I can say. Why ...
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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 ...
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Back in the U.K and it seems everyone has gone vegan. But not only have they given up any kind ...
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Isopropyl alcohol, or isopropanol (also known as rubbing alchohol or surgical spirit) is made from propene derived from fossil fuels ...
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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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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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Micro plastics are microscopic or very small pieces of plastic that can be found in soil, water even in the ...
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We are going to start right at the beginning – before plastic there were polymers - before polymers it was ...
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Crude oil is a mixture of different hydrocarbons each with a different boiling point. These substances are separated from each ...
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The more I sew the more I realise all fabrics are not the same - even if they go under ...
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A guide to natural and biodegradable fibres that are safe to compost and can be washed without shedding tiny plastic ...
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Nylon is often associated with the fabric of the same name but can be used to make all manner of ...
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Don't throw those sweet wrappers away you may need them to run your car. They can be turned into oil ...
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Let's talk fatty acids. For the purposes of this post, fatty acids are the oily greasy stuff you use to ...
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Polyethylene terephthalat frequently shortened to PET or PETE and was formerly called PETP or PET-P. It is an ethane derived ...
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While I was in Malaysia I got to see some orangutangs. Most of them were in the rehabilitation center which ...
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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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Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a family of man-made chemicals. They have been around since the 1950s. They include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS; ...
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I was under the impression that pops was some kind of horrid Yorkshire dish involving hot milk and bits of ...
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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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are used as a plasticiser used to make a material like PVC softer and more flexible. But they are also ...
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Plastic codes are the numbers you find on the base of your shampoo bottle and the like. They identify the ...
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are man-made organic chemicals; They are added to plastic,to make it flexible, resilient and easier to handle: They include endocrine ...
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Plastics can be made in a variety of ways from a variety of materials; shale gas, oil, plants even chicken ...
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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of manmade chemicals. They are oily liquids or solids, clear to yellow in color, ...
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is the most common plastic. the annual global production of polythene is approximately 80 million tonnes. it is an ethane ...
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There are some truly biodegradable and compostable bioplastics. Biodegradable products break down through a naturally occurring microorganism into simple, stable ...
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Polymers A monomer is a molecule that can join with other molecules to form a chain of molecules. A chain ...
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Polypropylene (PP) plastic code 5 It is the second most important plastic after polyethylene. It is a thermoplastic polymer that ...
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Polystyrene is used to make coffee cups soup bowls and salad boxes foam egg cartons; produce & meat trays disposable ...
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Polyurethane is made by reacting polyols and diisocyanates, Polyols and diisocyanates are derived from crude oil and removed during the ...
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I am always concerned by how far a purchase has to travel to reach me. If it was grown or ...
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When I was young and innocent, I knew nothing of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Well, it's not the kind of thing a ...
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A white brittle plastic until you add plasticisers the most common being phthalates then it becomes soft and flexible. PVC ...
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Rapeseed (Brassica Napus) or rape, oilseed rape, rapa, rappi, rapaseed is the bright yellow flowering plant grown in swathes all ...
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This post is an introduction to recycling and reusing plastic non-biodegradable plastic at end of life. (also see Plastic Lifespan ...
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Get an Apple Store Gift Card for the value of your old device. Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — ...
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The base material is cellulose that can be obtained from a range of sources including wood, paper, cotton fiber, or ...
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You give to Oxfam, (and lots of other charities), they sell it to textile businesses (not charities) who make a ...
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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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I use soap to wash my body I don't like using soap on my face so I cleanse with oil ...
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Got all giddy when I read that Oxford Council were banning plastic takeaway packaging..... only to be disappointed. Very disappointed! ...
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Plastics are divided into thermoplastics and thermoset plastics. Thermoplastics can be heated and shaped many times. Thermoplastics pellets soften when ...
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It would be lovely to replace all that plastic with natural products but could we really do that?.. well only ...
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Dotted around the world are 5 great trash vortexes. They are right out there in the middle of the sea ...
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Vinegar is great. You can use it for all kinds of things and is almost plastic free to buy. Vinegar ...
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There was some information about junk mail here but it has been merged with another post here. Talking of mail, ...
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Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals) is the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid ...
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The trinity of green cleaning – washing soda, bicarbonate and borax. Often mentioned rarely explained! Let's take washing soda and ...
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Make your own oilskin using white spirit also known and mineral spirits in the U.S and linseed oil. White Spirit ...
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In April I am going to be trawling through my wardrobe, ( such as it is). here is some background ...
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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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