Are plastic bags the worst things Chemists ever invented?

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Are plastic bags the worst things Chemists ever invented?
« Reply #50 on: 29/01/2009 18:44:09 »
That's what wars are for - anyway, disposable nappies are worse than plastic bags.

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« Reply #51 on: 29/01/2009 21:58:43 »
What about undisposable periodic tables? I've got one of those! [:I]

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« Reply #52 on: 29/01/2009 22:46:01 »
Sorry to possibly be a party pooper and direct away from Spartacus and other fun chit chat, but after a long time of thinking I did find something worse than plastic bags that chemists may have invented. Even if they probably only invented the plastic and some engineer/inventor came up with the idea of making it into bags and marketing specialists found it a good idea to give them away for free.

At least this may be food for thought and discussion:

If human overpopulation and the increase of living standard of millions and millions of people beyond what is sustainable are huge problems, one could argue that having helped to increase the number of human beings with synthetic, energy intense, and petrochemical based fertilizers and pesticides and their wide-spread and unsustainable use has been a really bad invention for our species. Many people lived who could not have, millions became fat and overfed, millions more want to live like them now (and you can't blame them), and our environment will not tolerate this much longer.

Yes good point. I guess people thought they were doing good. A lot of inventions and innovations were brought into existence without the benefit of a crystal ball.
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« Reply #53 on: 29/01/2009 22:48:03 »
That's what wars are for - anyway, disposable nappies are worse than plastic bags.
Yes but anyone who has had a baby would find it hard to go back and use the terry version. The only way to do it is to ban disposable nappies.
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« Reply #54 on: 30/01/2009 07:20:26 »
The only way to do it is to ban disposable nappies.

Or ban babies!!!
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« Reply #55 on: 31/01/2009 14:58:52 »
Sorry to possibly be a party pooper and direct away from Spartacus and other fun chit chat, but after a long time of thinking I did find something worse than plastic bags that chemists may have invented. Even if they probably only invented the plastic and some engineer/inventor came up with the idea of making it into bags and marketing specialists found it a good idea to give them away for free.

At least this may be food for thought and discussion:

If human overpopulation and the increase of living standard of millions and millions of people beyond what is sustainable are huge problems, one could argue that having helped to increase the number of human beings with synthetic, energy intense, and petrochemical based fertilizers and pesticides and their wide-spread and unsustainable use has been a really bad invention for our species. Many people lived who could not have, millions became fat and overfed, millions more want to live like them now (and you can't blame them), and our environment will not tolerate this much longer.

Yes good point. I guess people thought they were doing good. A lot of inventions and innovations were brought into existence without the benefit of a crystal ball.

I am afraid in many cases decisions were made despite knowing better. That has nothing to do with a crystal ball, that has to do with priorities. And human nature (if there is such thing).
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« Reply #56 on: 31/01/2009 15:00:14 »
Well, you can hardly blame them.

Whom? The people who received the miracle products or those who made them?
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« Reply #57 on: 31/01/2009 15:02:27 »
That's what wars are for - anyway, disposable nappies are worse than plastic bags.

Wars increase human population. I read this somewhere. After every war the drop in population increases beyond what would have been without the war.
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« Reply #58 on: 31/01/2009 21:41:54 »
Well, you can hardly blame them.

Whom? The people who received the miracle products or those who made them?
A bit of both.

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« Reply #59 on: 31/01/2009 22:08:58 »
That's what wars are for - anyway, disposable nappies are worse than plastic bags.

Wars increase human population. I read this somewhere. After every war the drop in population increases beyond what would have been without the war.
Now there is something I would never have guessed!

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« Reply #60 on: 31/01/2009 23:22:05 »
The number of pregnancies in world war II Britain certainly went up. All that saying goodbye to boyfriends and husbands you thought you would never see again. Then they returned and, well, you have to celebrate.
If you have lost someone you certainly want a new life to give you hope and something to live for. Also being close to death makes you realise what is important and family is high on the list. 
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