Wednesday, July 20, 2022

That Mattress isn't Filled at the Gas Pump. But It's Petroleum-based.

Petroleum is a fossil fuel associated by even the most casual consumer with gasoline. Gasoline, however, is hardly the only ubiquitous substance in our lives derived from this fossil fuel. It's a component in foams: the savvily named "memory foam", in car seats and home furnishings, sneakers and soccer balls. Many synthetic textiles use petroleum including spandex and vinyl, as do plastics and cosmetics.

Completely avoiding petroleum by-products is almost impossible. Limited acquisitiveness is an achievable, appropriate response, even though it falls short of a solution. To do nothing is to acquiesce.

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