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fiddledragon From: fiddledragon Date: February 22nd, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This antipathy towards "chemicals" in things has always kind of annoyed me. Everything is made of chemicals. Your organic produce is made of chemical compounds. What you want to avoid are harmful or useless chemicals, or unsustainably sourced chemicals, being put in things. Arsenic is all-natural, but sure isn't good for you! If we brand everything we don't like as "chemicals", it's going to greatly weaken the argument for actual eco-friendly alternatives.

Yay biodegradable bags! I should look into getting some for trash bags; that's on place you really can't use reusable ones.
soulcatcher318 From: soulcatcher318 Date: February 22nd, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
True about the "chemicals" wording. I just tend to phrase it by who I'm talking to really... and I figured in a community like this the gist of what I was saying would be understood, especially in the context of what I was saying, without my having to go delving into the many descriptions of what I meant by "chemicals". Then again, if I'm somewhere like, just at work or something, or some other environment where the people talking to me or listening to me maybe could more likely misunderstand something as such, then I make sure to further explain what I mean by "chemicals".


And about the bags: I was thinking a good idea too, that I'd like to start doing, is to get some of the small 'kitchen bags' and take them in to the grocery store with me to put produce in that I buy. I don't put all produce in the bags provided by the store, but some things are delicate or small so its better to put them into a bag. The crappy thing is that even the produce bags at stores like Whole-Foods are still plastic. And I know most people don't think to recycle those like they do the grocery bags you're given at check-out... I wrote whole-foods a letter to consider getting biodegradable produce bags for their produce departments.... but until they do I just thought biobags could be a good alternative. I mean, yes, you can reuse the plastic ones, but sooner or later they get worn out or possibly moldy and such. So at least if you're using the biobag then you can throw them away when they get raggedy knowing you're not tossing out 'normal' plastic that takes millions of generations to decompose.

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fiddledragon From: fiddledragon Date: February 22nd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
True about the "chemicals" wording. I just tend to phrase it by who I'm talking to really... and I figured in a community like this the gist of what I was saying would be understood, especially in the context of what I was saying, without my having to go delving into the many descriptions of what I meant by "chemicals". Then again, if I'm somewhere like, just at work or something, or some other environment where the people talking to me or listening to me maybe could more likely misunderstand something as such, then I make sure to further explain what I mean by "chemicals".

Oh, good :-) That's just kind of a pet peeve of mine...sorry if I came off as overly confrontational!
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