Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Organic Vs. Inorganic - The science behind the matter

This terminology is not to be confused with the terms Natural and Synthetic, although they seem to have become interchangeable lately, which is unfortunate because they are not one in the same.

Let's break this down.
Scientifically speaking:
  • An organic object is an object that contains carbon
  • All living things, whether they are plants or animals, contain carbon
  • The term organic is often used to mean "natural" because of its association with living things, the term also applies to things that have never been alive.
Examples are: gasoline, plastics, synthetic fabrics, pesticides and fertilizers.  These products are manufactured from natural gas and oil, which are the remains of plants and animals that died millions of years ago.   

Organic compounds will burn.

Inorganic objects:
  • do not contain carbon
  • they are substances that are not and never were alive
Examples: Metals, minerals, pure water and clean air are examples of inorganic substances,

Inorganic substances will not burn.

Stay bubbly my friends~
Your Soapsmith

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