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How Can We Decrease Petroleum Consumption?

If every household in the U.S. replaced just ONE bottle of petroleum-based dish liquid with one 25 oz. plant-derived product, we could save 129,000 barrels of oil! (That's enough to heat and cool 7,400 U.S. homes for a year!) How cool is that? Do you know of any other significant ways to decrease petroleum consumption?

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So that this stays on the site I suggest you reword it so that you're not giving the answer. Make the question about petroleum and dish washing liquid and not "did you know?"

BTW, I didn't know that dw liquid contains petroleum.

Great question, D..

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There are so MANY things that have petroleum in them it's absolutely unbelievable. I quit buying the cases of bottled water. Plastic and rubber have petroleum in them.

Other products made from petroleum include:

Ink
Crayons
Dishwashing liquids
Deodorant
Eyeglasses
CDs and DVDs
Tires
Ammonia
Heart valves

Added from something else I saw on the internet:

Artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives in processed foods Sponges Rubberbands Mascara Hairspray Liquid and bar soaps Asphalt Chewing gum CDs and DVDs Artificial fragrances Paint thinner Adhesives/Glues Stuffed animals Many prescription and over-thecounter drugs Varnishes/stains Plastic food packaging coatings inside: steel food cans; paper wrappers, cups, boxes, trays, and cartons; jar lids; and more. Gloves Game Boys/PlayStations/Xboxes Candles and other products made with paraffin wax, including some brands of chocolate Saccharin (Sweet’N Low) Ink Dishwashing liquids Paintbrushes Telephones/Cellphones Insecticides and herbicides Antiseptics Fishing lures Deodorant Vinyl flooring Carpet cleaners Yarn Tents Paint rollers Floor cleaner and wax Shoes Electrician's tape Scrubber pads Rollerskate wheels Skis Hand and body lotions Clothesline Dyes Soft contact and eyeglass lenses Shampoo and conditioner Kerosene Most synthetic fabrics including nylon, polyester, Lycra/spandex and acrylic Food preservatives Fishing rods Oven cleaners Transparent tape Anaesthetics Upholstery Dice Disposable diapers Audio and Video Cassettes Mops Paints Purses Electric blankets Awnings Ammonia Many automotive components: batteries, bumpers, dashboards, upholstery, seat cushions, carpeting, hoses, power steering fluid, antifreeze, motor oil and filters, tires, hubcaps, floormats, seatbelts, wiring, sound insulation, windshield washer fluid, belts, wiper blades, etc. Plexiglass Synthetic rubber/latex Pillows Vitamin capsules Fabric softeners Movie film Rubbing alcohol Loudspeakers Boats Toilet bowl cleaner Credit cards Fertilizers Crayons Insect repellent Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes Toilet seats Air fresheners Caulking Roofing shingles Drain cleaners Fishing boots Lifejackets Balloons Shower curtains Garden hoses Golf balls Curtains Plywood adhesive Umbrellas Laundry detergents Dental floss Beach umbrellas Rubber cement Sunglasses Putty Faucet washers Cold cream Bandages Antihistamines Hair coloring Nail polish False teeth Petroleum jelly Toothpaste Golf bags Tennis rackets Toothbrushes Spot/stain removers Perfumes and colognes Luggage Wire insulation Shoe polish Shower doors Cortisone Carpeting Artificial turf Heart valves Lipstick Artificial limbs Hearing aids Vaporizers Aspirin Shaving cream Parachutes Propane Vinyl siding Motorcycles Many birth control devices including synthetic latex and polyurethane condoms, diaphragms, sponges, and intrauterine devices Baby bottles, pacifiers, and teething rings Industrial lubricants Solvents Natural gas (methane) Jet fuel Gaskets Computer components Window cleaner Charcoal lighter fluid Silverware and other metal polishes Dishwasher detergent Disinfectants

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Goodness. Apparently mamapedia only allows "political" posts when they align with the sentiments of Fox news!

Cracks me up...well, sort of ; - )

It is amazing how many of our products are made with petroleum as an ingredient. Everything from lipsticks to trash bags to certain fabrics. The tricky part is that often, products that are made with "green" products, are still made in petroleum guzzling factories and are shipped by petroleum fueled vehicles. As consumers, we are very, very dependent on petroleum.

I wish I could say that I do more to decrease our petroleum consumption, as a household. Truth is, I usually don't 'buy local' (can't afford to spend the extra money at the co-op), I drive a car and I use a variety of petroleum based products. One major change for us happened when we moved outside of city limits. Instead of driving, driving, driving we limit our trips to town and will grocery shop, have a social visit, pop in on Nana and grab a cup of coffee downtown. We really utilize our miles now. I really don't know how much that actually helps (in the grand scheme of things), but it certainly reduces our gas costs and time spent in a car.

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So that this stays on the site I suggest you reword it so that you're not giving the answer. Make the question about petroleum and dish washing liquid and not "did you know?"

BTW, I didn't know that dw liquid contains petroleum.

Great question, D..

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Well, what we're doing isn't exactly "replacing" anything, but we're definately decreasing our gas consuption. We're moving downtown where we have walking access to everything that we need/want to do. Also, we'll be on the bus line. We're moving to a smaller house so our utilities- water, gas, electricity- will all be reduced.

If the conflicts in Lybia and Algeria excalate any more, we're going to be looking at gas prices DOUBLE what we're paying now. Not only is reducing our consumption good for the environment, but it may become a necessity soon.

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I'm glad you reposted this, but what products should we avoid?

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Did this just get pulled a minute ago?, lol!, the moderators can be so sensitive!

As i said in the earlier post, switching to those curly light bulbs is an easy way, a really significant way is too give up or cut down on meat consumption which is the #2 drain of fossil fuels on our world

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ew petroleum??? googling dawn now! thanks for the info, im posting this to FB

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I read this.. If everyone in the US kept their tires properly inflated, we would save 200,000 barrels of oil a day.

Other ways....
Avoid bottled water, use filtered tap water and put into reusable containers
Pump your gas in the early morning, when the temp rises there's more evaporation.

Good question.

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