How Oily is That Dress? 10 Tips for Reducing Petroleum Use in the Middle East

plastic bag dressPlastic bags, however you use them, is one reason for an increase in petroleum production in Middle Eastern countries.

How greasy is that outfit you’re wearing? People don’t always realize that today’s modern fabrics may contain petroleum. And petroleum is used in a surprising number of consumer items. Petroleum production and consumption increases greenhouse gases and means more drilling, especially in the Middle East. With the recent increase in oil consumption in the region, residents are polluting their own backyard.

The Eco MENA (Middle East and North Africa) community shares important tips for consuming less oil. Reducing petroleum consumption helps green the Middle East,  and the whole planet. Are you aware of how many ways you use petroleum daily? Follow these guidelines to cut back:

1. Carpool, cycle or use public transport to go to work. If you must drive, try hyper-miling to save gas.

2. Avoid buying plastic, or products stored in plastic containers. Plastic is made from petroleum. According to Umra, about 4 percent of the world’s annual oil production goes into the plastic, and another 4% provides the energy to make it.

3. Buy organic fruits and vegetables. Fertilisers and pesticides are often petroleum-based.

4. Buy beauty products (shampoo, soap, make-up) based on natural ingredients, not oil.

5. Cboose locally produced products whenever you can. Fuel usage goes down because the goods travel shorter distances.

6. Buy clothes made out of organic cotton or hemp, not from oil derivatives. Bamboo chadors, anyone? And don’t forget about the bedclothes. Petroleum hides in synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, polyester, fabric coatings, and buttons.

7. Instead of relying on plastic or paper disposable dishes, learn to wash dishes using a minimum of water.

8. Stop buying bottled water and soft drinks.

9. Fly less. Air travel accounts for 3-5% of carbon dioxide emissions.

10. Demand that your government encourage renewable energy instead of subsidizing oil
Demand that your government lower taxes on smaller cars with low fuel consumption, improve public transportation, and make the streets bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.

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