When most people think of using fossil fuels, they think of gas for cars, heating and cooling buildings, electricity production, and perhaps plastic. There are literally thousands of other things that are made from petroleum alone. Natural gas and coal also have other uses, but petroleum is the big winner in the quantity of things category.
Take a look at this list and see if you can think of non-petroleum based alternatives.
Here are just a few things to get you started-
cosmetics- mineral make-up, lotions made from plant oils
food- eat less meat and processed food, buy local and organic as much as possible
plastic containers- glass, metal, paper
plastic bags- reusable bags
clothes- avoid polyester, nylon and rayon, buy cotton, wool, bamboo, silk, hemp or linen, organic whenever possible
cds and dvds- mp3 and rentals
I think it is impossible to avoid fossil fuels entirely, and I am not saying you should try. I am saying that if we all think about our individual contribution to the consumption of fossil fuels, we can work together to reduce the world wide consumption and all the problems that go along with it. In the meantime, we can help our bodies be healthier by not exposing them to the toxic chemicals contained in products made from petroleum.