Petroleum touches so many aspects of our lives, from the fuel in our cars to plastics and waxes in many of our household products. Before joining the BiOH team, many of us had never thought about the fact that our comfy sofa cushions and mattresses were traditionally made from petroleum-based chemicals. While petroleum chemistry will continue to play an important role in our lives, there are increasingly options to use less.
Fuel is #1
Since the majority of petroleum is used for fuel, any steps we take to reduce our fuel consumption are important. While the most efficient means of saving fuel are to use public transportation or carpool, here are some resources on saving gas. And when making your next car purchase, consider fuel efficiency of the vehicles; it’s good for both the environment and your wallet!
There are increasingly more products made from biobased materials rather than petroleum chemicals on the market today – such as soy wax candles, biobased insulation, corn-based fibers, or packaging materials. And of course, there are a growing number of products made with soy-based BiOH® polyols. Look for renewable options when you’re shopping and share any of your favorites with us!
Every little step we individually take to use less petroleum helps us reduce our dependency on oil. What are you doing to reduce dependency on petroleum? Do you have any products made with renewable materials rather than petroleum to recommend? Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.