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ABS Alternative Made of CO2, Palm Oil & Starch

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Jefftheisen
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Re: Palm Oil Production is Bad for the Environment
Jefftheisen   8/14/2012 7:14:01 PM
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What a cop out you two are just cranky ....trees are wood ..they make stuff out of wood ...if palm oil makes stuff you can't make with wood...why woodnt you....get real

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   8/14/2012 12:25:15 PM
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I don't think we should have to trade off one sustainability factor against another, in this case, a styrene alternative vs using palm oil. Actually this is a three-way tradeoff, since it's a creative way to reduce and make use of CO2.

etmax
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Re: Palm Oil Production is Bad for the Environment
etmax   8/13/2012 10:52:20 PM
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Oh no probs, it was an extremely interesting article, I'm glad you posted it. I was just highlighting issue of sustainability. Which it is clear you are aware of.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Palm Oil Production is Bad for the Environment
Ann R. Thryft   8/13/2012 7:00:45 PM
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Thanks for your comments. I'm aware of the palm oil problem, which is not insignificant. I decided to report this anyway, because finding a substitute for styrene is a big deal, since it's also bad for the environment. Humans aren't the only beings that are affected by it. Since this material is still in R&D it's possible that BASF, which has a deservedly good rep in sustainability consciousness, might be looking for an alternative to palm oil.

etmax
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etmax   8/13/2012 11:02:40 AM
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Hi Bigk200, that was exactly my concerns too.

bigk200
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Palm Oil Production is Bad for the Environment
bigk200   8/13/2012 10:35:36 AM
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Using palm oil as an alternative ingredient for ABS is a bad idea.  Thousands of acres of tropical forests have been converted to palm oil plantations, and this would just accelerate that trend.

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