There’s Petrochemicals in What?

We now breathe, drink, eat and wear petrochemicals every where, every moment, every day! There’s no getting away from them!

Where are they coming from?

“The petroleum industry includes the global processes of exploration, extraction, refining, transporting (often by oil tankers and pipelines), and marketing petroleum products… Petroleum (oil) is also the raw material for many chemical products, including pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, and plastics.”

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_industry)

So many of the things we use (and consume) are being made from petrochemicals.

eau de petrochemical pollutants

Check out these two charts:

(with random hi-lights)

Solvents

Diesel fuel

Motor Oil

Bearing Grease

Ink

Floor Wax

Ballpoint Pens

Football Cleats

Upholstery

Sweaters

Boats

Insecticides

Bicycle Tires

Sports Car Bodies

Nail Polish

Fishing lures

Dresses

Tires

Golf Bags

Perfumes

Cassettes

Dishwasher parts

Tool Boxes

Shoe Polish

Motorcycle Helmet

Caulking

Petroleum Jelly

Transparent Tape

CD Player

Faucet Washers

Antiseptics

Clothesline

Curtains

Food Preservatives

Basketballs

Soap

Vitamin Capsules

Antihistamines

Purses

Shoes

Dashboards

Cortisone

Deodorant

Footballs

Putty

Dyes

Panty Hose

Refrigerant

Percolators

Life Jackets

Rubbing Alcohol

Linings

Skis

TV Cabinets

Shag Rugs

Electrician’s Tape

Tool Racks

Car Battery Cases

Epoxy

Paint

Mops

Slacks

Insect Repellent

Oil Filters

Umbrellas

Yarn

Fertilizers

Hair Coloring

Roofing

Toilet Seats

Fishing Rods

Lipstick

Denture Adhesive

Vinyl

Ice Cube Trays

Synthetic Rubber

Speakers

Plastic Wood

Electric Blankets

Glycerin

Tennis Rackets

Rubber Cement

Fishing Boots

Dice

Nylon Rope

Candles

Trash Bags

House Paint

Water Pipes

Hand Lotion

Roller Skates

Surf Boards

Shampoo

Wheels

Paint Rollers

Shower Curtains

Guitar Strings

Luggage

Aspirin

Safety Glasses

Antifreeze

Football Helmets

Awnings

Eyeglasses

Clothes

Toothbrushes

Ice Chests

Footballs

Combs

CD’s & DVD’s

Paint Brushes

Detergents

Vaporizers

Balloons

Sun Glasses

Tents

Heart Valves

Crayons

Parachutes

Telephones

Enamel

Pillows

Dishes

Cameras

Anesthetics

Artificial Turf

Artificial limbs

Bandages

Dentures

Model Cars

Folding Doors

Hair Curlers

Cold cream

Movie film

Soft Contact lenses

Drinking Cups

Fan Belts

Car Enamel

Shaving Cream

Ammonia

Refrigerators

Golf Balls

Toothpaste

Gasoline

from http://www.ranken-energy.com/Products%20from%20Petroleum.htm

and a few more surprises here:

petrochemical chart 2012Click photo to enlarge (low quality) or download a clear PDF from the link below:

petrochemical chart 2012 (PDF)

What makes it worse is that so many things are designed to be disposable and / or obsolete in no time, and things cost more to repair than replace.

Petrochemicals in food & drinks

Phthalates in Supermarket Foods

phthalates and parabens are found in almost all supermarket foods that were tested

phthalates and parabens are found in almost all supermarket foods that were tested

Parabens: endocrine disruptors in cosmetics and food?

Why should we be concerned?

In the News: Toxic Troubles

https://lindasepp.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/in-the-news-toxic-troubles/

CHE Toxicant and Disease Database

http://www.healthandenvironment.org/tddb

Chemical Brain Drain…

https://lindasepp.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/chemical-brain-drain-what-are-we-thinking/

What about the communities who live near the chemical plants?

http://www.ecojustice.ca/publications/files/right-to-a-healthy-environment

What to Do?

clean-up-your-mess-love-mother

Remember what is it like to breathe clean air, drink pure water, eat fresh food?

Take fragranced and other toxic household products to the local hazardous waste disposal depot and replace them with non-toxic, fragrance free personal care, laundry and cleaning products.

Ask for and buy only non-toxic household products and materials.

Look for alternatives to plastic (glass, stainless steel, ceramics).

Avoid disposable items and things that can’t be repaired.

Buy durable, repairable, re-usable, quality items and look after them.

Find ways to reduce impacts and regenerate some wilderness.

Buy, grow and eat certified organic food, not products.

Filter water (a Dr’s prescription should make it tax deductible)

Walk more, drive less.

Buy less, do more.

Turn off technology, spend time in nature.

Host/ess pot-luck parties, talk with people.

Demand the elimination of subsidies for the polluters and the

 enactment of legislation to protect our health and the environment we all depend upon for life.

Care more about life, less about money and stuff.

  ♥   

We can’t do it all at once, but one step at a time will get us there eventually, and each step we take can have a profound impact on each and every one and thing that is connected to it.


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5 responses to “There’s Petrochemicals in What?

  1. I admit you shocked me with antihistamines and glycerin, and I didn’t think I could be shocked anymore.

    • I think there’s naturally occurring glycerin too… We have to check everything now!

      Most time released medications and supplements contain phthalates. They aren’t mentioned on any labels.

      Convenience has come with some pretty big costs…

  2. Cameron Von St. James

    Hi Linda! My wife and I were just checking out your blog and I did not know that gylcerin is naturally occurring. I had a quick question and was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance. Thanks! – Cam

  3. Hi Cameron,
    Sorry for the delay in posting your comment. It somehow ended up in the spam folder.
    Glycerin can be vegetable, animal or petroleum based.
    EWG has this page on glycerin:
    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702620/GLYCERIN/#
    From a quick search, I found this on the petro based stuff:
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/136368-types-glycerin/

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