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Going Green with Vaseline?

Are Vaseline and other petroleum products environmentally sound? guardian.co.uk

A Reader Asks:....are these products environmentally sound? If I thought using them was contributing to excessive use of oil reserves I would try to find alternatives. What do you think?
Jane Green on email

Jane, thanks for the question. I must say that I'm a little concerned about how much of these products you apply to yourself that leads you to wonder whether you might be helping to deplete the world's oil reserves....

Other readers chip in with their worries, it is hard being a Guardian reader...

Comments

"[E]xcessive use of oil reserves..."

If we're using them, how can they be reserves?

(OK, I'm probably blinkered by military thinking here. Once you commit your reserve, it's not a reserve anymore, is it?)

"Other readers chip in with their worries, it is hard being a Guardian reader..."

Yes, and it suggests an increasingly large segment of society is becoming neurotic, paranoid and afraid to even fart for fear that a polar bear will plummet to its death from the sky.

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