It would be pretty stressful to try to make it through the day without these essentials. Did you know that a majority of products that you use every day are made from petroleum? Take a minute and look around you. If you’re in your kitchen, chances are you’re near a refrigerator, or a dishwasher, where you used dishwashing liquid to clean up last night’s dishes – the unbreakable kind. Perhaps the coffee machine is brewing your morning cup of joe. Or maybe you’re already at your office, using your glasses to read this. Your smartphone sits beside you, and this page appears on your computer screen after you found it by typing in a web address on your keyboard.

When you think of products made from petroleum, chances are, the first item that comes to mind is gasoline. Yet oil and natural gas are not just sources of energy that turn on our lights and power our cars, planes, water heaters and kitchen appliances. They are also important raw materials that happen to make lots of items you use every day – from your smartphone to your coffee maker to your kayak.

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Curtains

Recycled plastics are converted into polyester fibers, which are often used in the fabric of curtains.

Ballpoint Pen

The exterior of ballpoint pens are often made with thermosetting plastics, or hydrocarbon phenolic resins, which remain permanently hard after being formed and cooled. The ink inside is made from particles of carbon black and polymer.

Computer Monitor

Nearly everything in a desktop computer is made of plastic. Polystyrene forms impact-resistant computer monitors and epoxy resins are used in computer motherboards to protect electrical components.

Photographs

Printed photographs are typically made with purified terephthalic acid or low-density polyethylene (LDPE). These polyester resins are soft, flexible and are found in everything from bottles to film.

Chair

Hydrocarbons in oil are used to create an increasing variety of polymers – not only for plastics, but also to make fibers and other materials. The synthetic fibers of the cushion, plastic arm rests and wheels are made from petroleum based products.

Desk

Veneers are often made from laminate, a petroleum-based material frequently found in couches, chairs, desks and tables. Nearly all of the plastic polymers we use today are produced directly from oil and natural gas.

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Toothbrushes

White oils are used as an adhesive to help form toothbrushes. Handles are typically made up of plastic and the bristles of nylon, both products of petroleum.

Vitamins & Medications

An active ingredient in many over-the-counter pain relievers is acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, which is manufactured from petrochemicals.

Shampoo

A medicinal grade white oil, Marcol 82 is a versatile component found in shampoos, shaving cream and deodorant.

Other Bathroom Essentials

You can typically find antiseptics, made with petroleum resins, in the medicine cabinet next to bandages, also made with petroleum. Hair dryers, soft contact lenses, and even toothpaste tubes also contain oil derivatives.

Skin Care

Paraffin wax and mineral oil, both products of petrochemicals, are just some of the ingredients found in skin care products. A wide range of petrochemicals can also be found in perfume and cologne, which predominantly consist of synthetic compounds.

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Kayak

Linear polyethylene powder is poured into a mold for various parts, which are later bonded together to form the kayak.

Basketball

The inside of a basketball is made of isobutylene-isoprene rubber (or butyl rubber). Isobutylene and isoprene are “usually obtained by the thermal cracking of natural gas or the lighter fractions of crude oil.” (Source: britannica.com)

Fertilizers

Conventional fertilizers are commonly derived from petroleum. In fact, a single 40-pound bag contains the equivalent of 2.5 gallons of gasoline.

Gasoline & Motor Oil

Gasoline, a derivative of petroleum, helps power combustion engines. Motor oil acts as a lubricant to help these machines stay cool, while also preventing corrosion and reducing wear and tear on moving parts.

House Paint

Composed of synthetic and natural oils, oil-based paints provide a durable, slow-drying coat. For shorter drying time, latex paint, made with vinyl acetate, is also a popular option.

Awnings & Roofs

Petrochemicals help buildings stay strong and people stay cool; polyvinyl chloride, also know as PVC or vinyl, is found in roofing, and reflects up to three-quarters of the sun's rays.

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Office

Curtains

Recycled plastics are converted into polyester fibers, which are often used in the fabric of curtains.

Ballpoint Pen

The exterior of ballpoint pens are often made with thermosetting plastics, or hydrocarbon phenolic resins, which remain permanently hard after being formed and cooled. The ink inside is made from particles of carbon black and polymer.

Computer Monitor

Nearly everything in a desktop computer is made of plastic. Polystyrene forms impact-resistant computer monitors and epoxy resins are used in computer motherboards to protect electrical components.

Photographs

Printed photographs are typically made with purified terephthalic acid or low-density polyethylene (LDPE). These polyester resins are soft, flexible and are found in everything from bottles to film.

Chair

Hydrocarbons in oil are used to create an increasing variety of polymers – not only for plastics, but also to make fibers and other materials. The synthetic fibers of the cushion, plastic arm rests and wheels are made from petroleum based products.

Desk

Veneers are often made from laminate, a petroleum-based material frequently found in couches, chairs, desks and tables. Nearly all of the plastic polymers we use today are produced directly from oil and natural gas.

Toothbrushes

White oils are used as an adhesive to help form toothbrushes. Handles are typically made up of plastic and the bristles of nylon, both products of petroleum.

Vitamins & Medications

An active ingredient in many over-the-counter pain relievers is acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, which is manufactured from petrochemicals.

Shampoo

A medicinal grade white oil, Marcol 82 is a versatile component found in shampoos, shaving cream and deodorant.

Other Bathroom Essentials

You can typically find antiseptics, made with petroleum resins, in the medicine cabinet next to bandages, also made with petroleum. Hair dryers, soft contact lenses, and even toothpaste tubes also contain oil derivatives.

Skin Care

Paraffin wax and mineral oil, both products of petrochemicals, are just some of the ingredients found in skin care products. A wide range of petrochemicals can also be found in perfume and cologne, which predominantly consist of synthetic compounds.

Kayak

Linear polyethylene powder is poured into a mold for various parts, which are later bonded together to form the kayak.

Basketball

The inside of a basketball is made of isobutylene-isoprene rubber (or butyl rubber). Isobutylene and isoprene are “usually obtained by the thermal cracking of natural gas or the lighter fractions of crude oil.” (Source: britannica.com)

Fertilizers

Conventional fertilizers are commonly derived from petroleum. In fact, a single 40-pound bag contains the equivalent of 2.5 gallons of gasoline.

Gasoline & Motor Oil

Gasoline, a derivative of petroleum, helps power combustion engines. Motor oil acts as a lubricant to help these machines stay cool, while also preventing corrosion and reducing wear and tear on moving parts.

House Paint

Composed of synthetic and natural oils, oil-based paints provide a durable, slow-drying coat. For shorter drying time, latex paint, made with vinyl acetate, is also a popular option.

Awnings & Roofs

Petrochemicals help buildings stay strong and people stay cool; polyvinyl chloride, also know as PVC or vinyl, is found in roofing, and reflects up to three-quarters of the sun's rays.

Poll

How many days could you go without using products made from oil and natural gas?

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Do you have enough energy for your workday?

A day without oil and natural gas would be a huge disruption for you and the people you depend on. Consider just these three jobs: teacher, farmer and doctor. Chances are, a teacher could still educate children, but how effectively? Technology on a farm would drastically diminish, fewer crops would be grown and supply would plummet. And, imagine going to your doctor and he has no access to modern medicines and medical equipment – a day without oil becomes life-threatening.

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Teacher

Your child’s elementary school teacher arrives at her classroom and there are no student paintings taped to the walls, no vinyl or carpet covering the floors, and children’s feet are bare because shoes are made from petroleum-based products. She wouldn’t be able to grade homework with a ballpoint pen because it is often made with thermosetting plastics, or hydrocarbon phenolic resins and the ink inside from particles of carbon black and polymer. Children’s creativity would be stifled when there is no glue to hold their arts and crafts together, nor crayons to color. Not to mention, glue is a major component in book spines, which hold pages together. And, imagine the school playground with no slide, swings, monkey bars, hula hoops and soccer balls.

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Farmer

On a farm without gas-powered tractors and cultivators, a farmer would be transported back to a world akin to the pre-Industrial Revolution. Production would slow down dramatically, possibly returning to similar yields from the days when a horse or an ox pulled machinery on wooden wheels, and the world’s population included six billion fewer mouths to feed. It would also result in increased costs and slower delivery to the consumer. Modern food delivery depends on petroleum-based transportation by more than 15 million trucks that operate across the United States. Before the Industrial Revolution and the ability to mass-deliver goods, living conditions were severely diminished for those in the working class. And forget about refrigeration to keep food fresh. According to the United Nations, “with more than 800 million people worldwide who lack access to healthy, nutritious food,” today’s farmers also play a vital role in the global war on hunger.

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Doctor

In a hospital that operates 24 hours a day, large amounts of energy, specifically natural gas and electricity, are consumed. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2007, large hospital buildings consumed 408 trillion Btu (the most often used measure of power) of natural gas, electricity and fuel oil. Without this energy, heart monitors and oxygen machines would not run and a doctor would have no lights in an operating room. When it came to treating patients, a doctor would not have access to medicines such as aspirin, antiseptics and many prescription medicines. There also would be no needles for injections or IV bags to hang, and medical records would no longer be digital. In a doctor’s world, without the use of oil and gas, lives would be put in jeopardy.

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