What products will you miss

In the midst of the disputes over Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline, this is a reminder to all B.C. residents that the dispute is not just limited to the pipeline, it is not just about oil and gas at the pump; you need to remember that petroleum products are embedded in our daily lives. This is a list of some of the products made from petroleum: 

Gasoline, solvents, diesel fuel, motor oil, bearing grease, oil filters, ink, putty, glue, ballpoint pens, shoes and shoe soles, Shoe polish, eyeglasses, sun glasses, safety glasses, purses, upholstery, drapery, yarn, fabric, linings, dyes, panty hose, deodorant, soap, shampoo, nail polish, perfumes, lipstick, soft contact lenses, hand lotion, shaving cream, hair colouring, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair curlers, curling irons, blow dryers, vaseline and petroleum jelly, Rubbing alcohol, glycerin, aspirin, vitamin capsules, food preservatives, antihistamines, antiseptics, bandages, denture adhesive, dentures, anesthetics, heart valves, artificial limbs, candles, plastic dishes, dice, toilet seats, refrigerators, electric blankets, pillows, epoxy, detergents, ammonia, floor wax, paint, paint rollers, paint brushes, rubber cement, enamel, mops, shower curtains, trash bags, ice coolers, ice cube trays, DVD’s, balloons, crayons, telephones, cameras, dishwasher parts, vaporizers, coffee pots, water plumbing pipes, folding doors, TV cabinets, lino flooring, vinyl flooring, nylon carpets, awnings, nylon ropes, tents, plastic wood, synthetic rubber, electrician’s tape, insecticides, insect repellent, umbrellas, fertilizers, tires, skis, roller skates, surf boards, sports car bodies, car battery cases, antifreeze, boats, fishing lures, life jackets, fishing rods, guitar strings, luggage, golf bags, golf balls, footballs, helmets, basketballs, model cars, parachutes, dashboards, fan belts, car enamel, tool boxes, caulking, transparent tape, faucet washers, refrigerant, roofing, artificial turf. 

Think, think some more. How do these products, or lack of these products, impact your life?

Susan Duffield

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