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Looking around my house this morning I was surprised at just how many products I had in my kitchen alone that contain petroleum. While most of us think of petroleum as being primarily part of oil, petroleum jelly and auto fuel go far beyond that.
Here are the items I used for breakfast this morning that contain petroleum products:
- Plastic Nutella jar
- Toaster – outside of my toaster is covered in cool safe rubber
- Plastic bag my bread comes in
- Plastic t-discs for my Tassimo
Shortly after having breakfast I headed upstairs on my rubber backed carpet to put on my makeup. Cosmetics are said to contain as much as 90% petroleum! I brushed my teeth with a plastic toothbrush with toothpaste in a plastic tube, then I got dressed in a blouse made of synthetic material and stretch capris that include lycra and nylon. Not to mention these same materials are also in my bra and underwear.
After getting myself dressed and loading my kids in the car I used fuel to go to work, oil and lubricants to ensure my engine worked and drove on rubber tires. Without even looking for the hidden items, I myself used/came in contact with 15 petroleum products before 8am!
99% of the time I don’t stop to think about all of the things that go into making my life possible. I take for granted how thing are made and what my life would be like without these products. Even if I took all the electronics and ‘modern conveniences’ out of my life I would still need oil for my bike chain, materials to heat my house and some sort of lotion to keep my skin from getting chapped in the sun and cold. Petroleum production in Canada makes a lot the petroleum needed for many of the products we use everyday.
How did you use Petroleum products today?
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Interesting! I really never thought much about it and am surprised how many Petroleum products I do use in a day
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I am guilty of not considering where my products and tools come from and how many people are involved in each piece. Life would be very different if we didn’t have our modern conveniences and I wouldn’t want to be without my car, jacket, etc etc
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Shari G says
I was surprised how many of my products I had thanks to Petroleum too!!
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Elizabeth L says
It really is surprising how many products are petroleum derived and how much we really do rely on petroleum for our quality of life!
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It’s only when we stop and think that we realize how dependant we are and how awful it would be without
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I’m always amazed at how much we don’t realize we use everyday that is directly derived from petroleum! Amazing!
Adria P says
Thanks for this post–it’s nice to focus on these things sometimes. Great mental exercise–I also like to take it a step further and wonder where are all of these products ending up?
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Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Yes, that is something to think about as well. I absolutely try to consider the affect my purchases make when I am done with them.
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[email protected] of Laughter says
Wow! So many products that we use every day that we don’t even think about! I loved the way you made me think about this!
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Little Miss Kate says
My Train got me to and from work today…. even if I did not want to go. Guess I have petroleum to thank for that!
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