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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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It's most likely stearic acid, rather than actual tallow being used, but they both come from cows.

If you want to cause a real uproar, start pointing out how ubiquitous Stearic acid is in all kinds of consumer products. It's used in all kinds of plastics processing (shopping bags for example) as well use numerous cosmetics.

It's cheap, readily available and benign, no need for a substitute.

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