Thursday, July 10, 2008

Crude Oil – It’s Not Just For Gasoline

We think of the price of crude oil these days, and only seem to think about how it affects gas prices. But the price of crude oil affects much more than gasoline for our cars. Apparently there are over 4,000 items that we use routinely that are made from crude oil.

There are more than 4,000 petrochemical products that are made from petroleum (crude oil). Here’s one listing (below) that I found on the Internet. It can really get one thinking about how ingrained crude oil is in our daily lives. We can, and should, do all we can to reduce our consumption of gasoline. But we have a long way to go before we can completely eliminate petrochemical products from our lives, that is, if it is even practical in some cases to do so.

Take a look at the list. It may surprise you.

Petrochemical Products Made from Petroleum (Crude Oil)
Here's a list of the most popular and frequently used products:

Artificial Limbs
Bags (garbage bags, shopping bags)
Clothing (polyester, nylon)
Computers, calculators
Credit Cards
Dishwashing Liquids
Disposable Diapers
Eye Glasses, Sunglasses
Fishing Rods
Flooring (linoleum, tiles, carpets)
Garden Hose
Hand Lotion, Cream, Petroleum Jelly
Helmets (bicycle, hockey, etc.)
Heart Valves
Helmets (bicycle, hockey, etc.)
Insect Repellent
Life Jackets
Milk Jugs
Paint Brushes
Panty Hose
Patio Furniture
Rope (nylon)
Safety Glass
Shower Curtains, Shower Doors
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft Drink Bottles, Plastic Bottles
Tape (clear, masking, etc.)
Tapes - (cassettes, vcr tapes)
Tennis rackets
Toys, Dolls, Model Cars
Tires (synthetic rubber)
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste Tubes
Trash Bags
TV Cabinets
Unbreakable Dishes
Waterproof Jackets, Boots, Pants

So while some may say people in the United States are addicted to oil, one can clearly see that it’s hard not to be, when it’s used in so many day-to-day products. I’m all for alternative choices, if they are made available to us!

Check out my blog home page for the latest information, here.

No comments: