Monday, November 16, 2009

Nerve gas used to make drinking bottles

Relax. Pound360 isn't planning on changing our behavior because of this. But we thought it was interesting. According to HuffingtonPost blogger Elizabeth Grossman, "phosgene, used as a nerve gas during World War I, has long been used to make bisphenol A, the chemical building block of polycarbonate plastics."

So what? What are polycarbonate plastics used for? That's what Pound360 wanted to know. And
according to our friend Wikipedia, polycarbonate plastics end up as "drinking bottles," "drinking glasses" and other stuff like CDs, DVDs, Apple MacBooks and ocarinas. Yeah, ocarinas, those little weird flute-things.

By the way, we've know for sometime that bisphenol A is "an endoctrine-disrupting chemical." But before you get too worried,
read more here.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.