Car Seats

These amazing devices keep our most precious cargo safe while we drive. Tough flexible plastic called polypropylene, fabrics and vinyls that can withstand flammability tests, and foam padding that protect our children are all oil and gas products. Read more about how they're made.

Electronics & Video Games

Not only does the oil and gas industry greatly advance the technologies and electronics that fill your home, even the plastic casing for your child's video game console or iPad are made from petroleum products.  Try living without those devices for a little while!

Your Child's Kite Flies Thanks to Oil & Gas

Commercial kites are generally made of a strong, light plastic such as nylon. Nylon is the common name for certain types of plastic known as polyamides. Polyamides can be made from a variety of chemical compounds.  These are all petroleum products and used making your childs' kite!

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Playing with Oil & Gas

From the stuffing and eyes to your teddy bear, or her favorite doll...there's oil in there! Barbie dolls and action figures. The doll houses and American Girl clothes. The toy baby carriages and plastic trucks for zooming around. Your childhood was made possible by oil and gas.

Rubik's Cube

The individual pieces that make up the Rubik's cube are typically produced from plastic, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and nylon. Other plastics that might be used include polypropylene (PP), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), and high density polyethylene (HDPE). What does that mean? That means your childhood Rubik's Cube is another oil & gas product!

Oil & Gas Keeps you Dry!

The many fabrics used to make your rain coatsrain boots and umbrellas, as well as the chemicals which help keep these products water-repellent, are made from oil & gas! Nylon, Vinyl, Teflon, paraffin emulsions and more make up your rain gear! Even the thread, buttons, lining, belts, zippers and buckles are petroleum byproducts. 

Awaken your Assumptions about the Value of Oil and Gas.

Petroleum Products bring Childhood Hoopla and Frisbee Flight

Almost 100 years ago, the Phillips brothers, Frank and L.E. Philips founded the Phillips Petroleum Company in Oklahoma.  Business grew rapidly and the brothers began selling gasoline at a station in Wichita, KS which became the first of 10,000 service stations across the country. The brothers continued to make new discoveries, patenting thousands of petroleum-based products over the next few years, including Marlex, a high-density polyethylene, in 1954.

Wham-O toy company bought this new type of plastic from Philips Petroleum Company. Originally known for its Wham-O Slingshot, the company quickly added two new products to its production which became well-loved childhood staples – a flying disc toy called the “Pluto Platter”, which became today’s Frisbee, and the Australian amusement, the Hula-hoop! The Hula-Hoop craze ignited, selling more than 25 million hoops in the first four months at a cost of $1.98 each…growing to more than 100 million sold within two years. Marlex produced by Phillips was the only plastic resin source that could maintain sufficient production for the rapidly growing hoop trend! Many young people fail to realize plastics are made from petroleum, including such iconic childhood toys as the Hula-Hoop and Frisbees.

Read more on this Petroleum Product Hoopla at

Balloons are made from rubber. Rubber is a petroleum product!  There's nothing oil & gas can't do!  How are balloons made?

Helium, extracted from natural gas, is used in medical devices as well as for balloons! Read more at Live Science & the American Chemical Society!

Fishing Rod

Most modern fishing rods are made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. The grips and reel seats are sometimes made of plastic. Who'd have guess oil & gas could even take you fishing! Read more about how Fishing Rods are made.

Check out this activity book on Energy for kids!

Cochlear Implant

To be safely implanted into patients, a silicone encasement, made with oil and natural gas by-products, is used to cover sensitive electronics in these amazing hearing devices. The use of silicone keeps moisture out of the system and its smooth pliable surface makes it comfortable and safe for the patient to wear. Read more at

Seriously? Even Crayons are made from Oil & Gas?

125 years ago, the Crayola Crayon was born, stemming from a patent issued regarding a petroleum-based product that would shape and color each of our childhoods. On 26 May, 1891, Edward Binney and C. Harold Smith obtained a patent for an Apparatus for the Manufacture of Carbon Black. Within the next few years, the Binney & Smith Company began mixing their carbon black with common oilfield paraffin, which quickly led to the creation of the first colored crayons in response to Mrs. Binney’s desire for color and dustless chalk in her classroom. In 1903, the first safe, quality, affordable wax crayon was produced in a box of eight colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown and black. The pack was sold for a nickel under the name Crayola.

Read more on the IAGC blog!

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You wouldn't put gas on your birthday cake...would you?

Birthday Candles are made of wax. We know that much, right? Did you know paraffin wax is derived from petroleum? Just like the crayons listed above, this clean burning oil & gas product is used in candles, lubrication, electrical insulation and more!

Oil & Gas Keeps Your Child Safe!

That life preserver, or even basic flotation device in the pool, is made from nylon - another material made from petroleum. Right down to the thread, zippers & plastic closures! Even the foam inside the life jacket is made from oil & gas. Read more about how this works!

There's Oil in your Baby's Diaper?

Nothing in this world is more valuable than your little baby. The oil and gas industry plays a large part in keeping them warm and dry (disposable diapers), keeping them safe (see the article on car seats below) and even keeping them fed. Your baby's bottles and cups are made from plastics, rubber and silicone. Their food is packaged in sanitary plastic containers. Even their tiny clothes are made from fabrics created with oil and gas.

One of the most used products for your baby is certainly their diaper. The single most important property of a diaper, cloth or disposable, is its ability to absorb and retain moisture. Cotton material used in cloth diapers is reasonably absorbent, but synthetic polymers far exceed the capacity of natural fibers. Today's state-of-the-art disposable diaper will absorb 15 times its weight in water.

Read about how diapers are made.

If it's in your kids' room, it probably contains an oil & gas product.

If it has plastic, rubber, silicone, nylon, electronics, cords, motors or moving's made possible by the oil & gas industry!