reply to post by purplemer
Not a problem; glad to help. Most people do not realize what a plastic really is, how many kinds there are, or even how important plastics are.
Plastic, in a general sense, is the ultimate re-use/re-cycle solution. Most plastics are made using polymer chains from oil refinement: the waste that
cannot be used for gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oil, etc. This stuff is pretty toxic in itself, since the heavier polymer chains are pretty much
useless to the environment and can strangle wildlife and plant life. So, instead of dumping these useless materials into a landfill somewhere that
will then be uninhabitable for a few hundred years, we convert them into drink bottles, packaging materials, automobile parts, lightweight housings,
filler for computer chips, ceramics for high-temperature environments, insulation to save power, and a myriad of other uses. Without plastics, society
would be much less advanced and all those toys we have come to rely on simply wouldn't exist.
I have said for many years that we have things backward: we build houses that have potentially useful lives measuring in terms of generations out of
wood, which easily rots, then make drink bottles which have a useful lifetime of sometimes as little as a few hours out of a material which lasts
hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. At least with the information provided in this thread, people can reuse plastics again and again in ways that
most never think of. For that, sir, I commend you!
Just today, my son was changing his oil and was about to toss four oil bottles into the garbage. I looked at them and saw removable trays for holding
small parts: simply remove one side, glue the top into a hole in a board, and you have a pretty nice container! So they are not sitting in the garbage
waiting to go to a landfill. Regardless of how one feels about "plastic", that is a positive use instead of a negative one.
Oh, and there are no such things as "plasticides"... that is a term which has been used by the uninformed to try and demonize plastic; it sounds a
lot like "pesticide", which is by definition a poison. There are "plasticizers", but these are generally not particularly harmful and are only
used to allow plastics to be created from raw materials by "softening" the internal structure during manufacture. Some are "endocrine disruptors"
that in quantity have been found to be harmful, but since they are used because of their ability to react with polymer chains and form new molecules,
there are almost no plasticizers left in plastic in raw form after plastic is manufactured.