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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.

etmax
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Re: Palm Oil Production is Bad for the Environment
etmax   8/13/2012 11:02:40 AM
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Hi Bigk200, that was exactly my concerns too.

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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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   8/14/2012 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.

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



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