Get Unnecessary Oil Out of Your Life


There aren’t a lot of ways to wean yourself off of oil (at least not until the solar-powered jetpacks I dream of nightly turn into a reality). In the meantime, Your Daily Thread has a few solid tips for replacing petroleum-based products with healthier alternatives.

It has been over 45 days (at an estimate of 504,000 gallons a day) since the B.P. oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. While we here at YDT have left the reporting of it to major news sources, we can’t help but think about it and all the devastation that has come.

On an individual level I have wondered, what can I actually do? There are obvious things like drive less, donate human and pet hair trimmings to Matter of Trust, but beyond that I wondered”¦

I took a look around at everything around me and realized, it’s all from oil. Every possession was brought to me through oil and many of the products I owned include oil-by products.

I thought, what if we get the unnecessary oil out of our lives? Things like plastics, mineral oils, Vaseline and the additional 6000 + products made from crude not used for gasoline production. This is something that we all can do, no matter where we are. To get started, here are five recommendations to get oil based products out of your life.

  • Mineral Oils: Mineral oils are found in common skin care products like Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil. Bottom line is you don’t need it and it is nowhere near as good for your skin compared to natural and essential oils. Get the 411 on our guide to essentials oils.
  • Plastic Containers: Why store food in plastic when you can store it in glass? I recently converted my entire food storage system to glassware and used many left over pasta sauce and jam jars in the process. Glass Tupperware type storage is always an option too. As always, avoid plastic water bottles and take out items are a great idea too.

For more tips, check out the full-length article at Your Daily Thread.

Editor’s note: Article by Tracy Hepler. Originally published by our friends at Your Daily Thread. Your Daily Thread has simple, everyday updates on living a green, active lifestyle. Be sure to visit them and say hi, and follow Your Daily Thread on Twitter, too!

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