Oil vs Plastic

@Adoniah (7515)
United States
November 30, 2007 11:19am CST
Does anybody out there think about what is going to happen when we run out of oil or when it just becomes too expense and we can no longer make plastic? Who cares about bags and containers and stuff, but what about the hospitals and all the medical supplys we use and really need?
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@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
30 Nov 07
I really believe it will be a very long time before we run out of oil,the thieving oil companies keep saying we are,but if you ask them how many capped wells they have,they will shut up right fast. As for not making items into plastic,not only the medical people have to look elswhere,but I would be lost without having plastic pants to potty train young children.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Have you been paying atention to what China is doing lately? At the rate they are industrializing and sucking up all resources, it won't be long 'til we run out of everything.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
30 Nov 07
sorry,no,I quit reading the papers or watching the news on tv,there is never anything good to say anymore,so I prefer to just dream of what is happening. at least,at 61,I figure it should not happen in the next 50 or 60 years,and I will not be here,I just wish the young would have a world like we did in our youth.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Hopefully, the kids will continue to dream as we did and their dreams will be fruitful and a new world will emerge. There are some awesome minds out there working on the problems of the world, if the fanatics will just give them the chance!
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• United States
30 Nov 07
I am freaking out about it! Part of the reason is that I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; and once something like this gets on my mind I can't let go of it. A friend asked me several months ago how I was able to justify the work that I do since it involves selling plastic. I have no difficulty at all in what I do. It is not the kind of plastic people throw away. I have pieces of the original product that was produced 61 years ago when it was first made. I love the fact that All Detergent started marketing it's laundry detergent in a concentrated form. It not only does the same amount of laundry as the large bottle did, it's less use of throw-away plastic, and it's much lighter to carry into the house. I see that some of the other companies are following suit. I hope that all of the egg-packaging companies will go back to cardboard containers and quit using the styrofoam ones. (But then I worry about what all of the people that are working in those plants will do for jobs - I warned you about the OCD, didn't I?) I don't think Kroger is a nationwide grocery chain but it is fairly well spread around and it has the most wonderful canvas bags for sale. The regular bags are good and hefty with a nice flat bottom and are sold for $.99 each. They also have really great insulated bags that are fantastic and have a zipper closing for $1.99 each. The check-out cashiers even pack these bags for you. I bring them to WalMart and to Foodland and to the mall when I go and pack everything in them. I love glass packaging, but I also remember the days of carrying those heavy bags of groceries up many flights of stairs and now that I am older and disabled......???? I also remember how messy trash day was when we put our trash out in paper bags that were filled with our stinky newspaper wrapped garbage. I do compost, but you can't put smelly rotten left-over fish in the compost heap. I hope you can see how conflicted I am on this issue. I think it is a very smart question when you ask about hospitals. I would love to know how difficult it would be for them to go back to actually sterilizing things as opposed to using disposables. Is it really that much more cost effective? But the whole health care issue is an entirely different subject. Do you remember nurse's aides? Do you remember back rubs?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
1 Dec 07
There was another posting the other day from a lady who lives in an area where the stores do not use any plastic bags anymore at all and she was asking about what to do with garbage. I'm thinking on it. I do not want to go back to killing trees for paper bags. Its bad enough that we kill so many for junk mail.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Luckily, many things can be recycled, and they are developing new synthetic materials at an amazing rate. And now hybrid cars aren't a futuristic dream... they're here, and they're mainstream. As reasoning human beings, we will always find a way to survive and thrive... when it gets down to it, we can accomplish miracles!
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
2 Dec 07
Very true!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Nov 07
I heard that it is better to store things in glass rather than plastic, but the latter is cheaper. I do like that we can recycle the light plastics, but while we are told to recycle and make do, other countries like China are going ahead and they are not as concerned with saving the environment and I would hate that we should cut down while they have no restrictions. It may have to be that we go and use glass containers, but carrying them home without having them break, especially if it is slippery and there is snow on the ground, and we do not have a car is going to be hard.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
1 Dec 07
The big plus to glass though is it is made from sand. It is also 100% recyleable. Just because China chooses to continue making all of our past mistakes does not mean we need to. Glass is also way cheaper to make than plastic or metal. It does cost more to transport.
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
30 Nov 07
any decent chemistry student knows you can make plastic from other things they just use oil cuz its a cheap form of carbon and hydrogen
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