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Synthetic fibers made from oil and gas products make up a wide variety of materials that fill our closet.

Do you have any items in your closet made from the following materials?

Did you ever imagine you'd be outfitted by the oil and gas industry each day?

Clothed in Petroleum

You wouldn't expect to be dressed by oil and gas each morning, but you're almost certainly wearing something derived from materials made from petroleum. 

“Women show off their nylon pantyhose to a newspaper photographer, circa 1942,” notes historian Jennifer S. Li in “The Story of Nylon – From a Depressed Scientist to Essential Swimwear.” Photo by Dale Rooks, via

Fall Fashion Essentials

By EnergyHQ

Fall is in full swing and with it comes those occasional overcast, crisp, and cool days. Whether you’re headed out to cheer on your favorite team or just out and about for some light shopping and a coffee date, we’ve got you covered with the perfect fall outfit essentials. Now, did you know these items are made with byproducts found in oil and natural gas? Yep, it’s true.








Shoe Polish

​Anything Plastic

How many products in your closet are made from oil and gas?

Besides dresses, shirts, sweaters and pants made from the list to the left, the following also contain oil and gas products:


  • Running shoes - polyurethane
  • Shoe Laces
  • Soles
  • Any shoes with manmade fabric
  • Flip Flops
  • Slippers
  • Rubber Boots
Saving Gas by Putting on those Walking Shoes?

Did you know the shoes on your feet are made from oil and gas products? Shoelaces and soles, shoes made from synthetic fibers and nylon thread...all oil and gas!


Polyester is used in many of the products we use regularly, from the fabrics on our furniture to the clothes we wear. 

Polyester is a chemical term which can be broken into poly, meaning many and ester,  a basic organic chemical compound. The principle ingredient used in the manufacture of polyester is ethylene, which is derived from petroleum. In this process, ethylene is the polymer, the chemical building block of polyester, and the chemical process that produces the finished polyester is called polymerization.



Nylon takes many forms, especially in your closet: Pantyhose and Clothing

Read more about Nylon below, or at How Products are Made.

Nylon, a Petroleum Polymer was the world's first synthetic fiber produced, discovered by DuPont chemists in 1935. 

Du Pont Corporation foresees the future artificial fibers “strong as steel.” The chemical company becomes a global giant as its scientist create consumer products out of nylon, rayon and lucite.

The world’s first synthetic fiber – nylon – is discovered on February 28, 1935, by a former Harvard professor working at a DuPont Corporation research laboratory.

Professor Wallace Carothers had experimented with artificial materials for more than six years. He previously discovered neoprene rubber (commonly used in wetsuits) and made major contributions to understanding polymers – large molecules composed in long chains of repeating chemical structures. Learn more at

1). Skinny Jeans. A must-have in any girl’s closet these days, the trusted black skinny jean is a fall staple that goes with just about anything you throw it with. Not to mention perfect to tuck into a pair of fall boots. Just like the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, they won’t let you down. Spandex is a synthetic fiber made from various petrochemicals that are formed using natural gas.

Striped Top. This one is easy to wear in any climate. Combine it with a jacket or vest, and you’ve got the perfect nautical touch for your outfit. Rayon and Spandex both are synthetic fibers that are made using petrochemicals (chemicals made from oil and gas).

Utility Jacket. Need we say more? This jacket is arguably the top fall essential for your closet. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. And can be paired with just about any color or shade of top. If you don’t already have one in your fall lineup, trust us, you’ll want one this season. Lyocell and Spandex – both synthetic fibers made from oil and natural gas byproducts.

Wellies aka Rain Boots. Destroy puddles and look amazing while doing it. The perfect accessory to tie everything together, these are a classic item in anyone’s wardrobe and won’t be going away anytime soon. Synthetic Rubber, which comes directly from petroleum.

Who says a rainy day means a bad hair day? Not on our watch. A year-round essential, this accessory comes in handy when the temperature drops and the rain begins to fall. But don’t let a boring umbrella dull your outfit. Spice it up with a pop of color or a fun pattern to brighten up the gloomiest of days. Nylon – the first and oldest synthetic fiber, which is made using petroleum.

There you have it, our list of essentials for the perfect fall outfit. All made from components of oil and natural gas, abundant natural resources found in our own nation.

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