Sunday, January 27, 2008


Relax, I don't mean your cat, dog, hamster, Kimodo dragon, snake, bunny, parakeet, narwhal or girl friend. I mean your PET--the chemical, Polyethylene terephthalate, from which all those plastic water and soda bottles are made. Quit buying anything that comes in that type of container.

Why, you ask indignantly? Because not only are the bottles themselves an environmental nightmare and health hazard( the PET leaches into the liquid inside), the manufacturers of this chemical are among the worst polluters on the planet. They're petroleum based, you see--every container requires about 1/3 it's volume in oil to manufacture--and every time you buy one you are contributing to the bloated profits of Shell, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, and BP, to name a few. And contributing to global warming. All for products you don't need anyway, but buying them in "convenient" plastic bottles takes "don't need" to a whole new level.

To give you an idea of the manufacturing and distribution chain, so that you know who's making the profits, the Polaris Institute published an in-depth study for you to well, study.

Now please feel free to disregard my admonition about using PET bottles, especially if you don't mind supporting the profit margins of these companies. However, if you care about the environment and your health even a little, maybe you'll find it within yourself to just tell these PET pushers to "can it".

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