Take a Load Off with Oil and Gas
Many parts of your dishwasher include oil and gas products: The racks that hold the dishes are dipped in plastic (powder polyvinyl chloride- PVC) or nylon. The inner tub is injection-molded with poly-propylene plastic. The detergent you use is also from oil and gas! Read more about how dishwashers are made.
Cleans up Your Messes
Mops are so handy for soaking up that mess your kids just made. The head of your mop is typically made of yarn consisting of synthetic fibers like nylon, or foam sponges made from synthetic materials like polyurethane foam. Handles and attachments to ring the mop are often made of plastic. Read more about how much oil and gas products contribute to that mop hanging in your pantry!
Chemicals in your floor cleaner and wax are also derived from petroleum products, as well as the plastic container it comes in.
Oil and gas Play a Role in Getting Food on Your Table
Plastics are used to make plastic mulch, greenhouse covers and tunnels, as well as PVC pipe for irrigation. Copolymers help reduce water loss and keep the soil cool while preventing insects and weeds. Fertilizers and pesticides are also made from oil and gas and benefit the agricultural industry. Other petroleum products are used for twin and tubing, while plastics offer packaging that helps ensure freshness and convenience. The final step in the cycle is transportation, delivering the farm fresh vegetables to your local store and finally your home. Read more about the process at AFPM.
Oil & Gas Fill your Kitchen via Energy is Everything
If your preferred health care regimen is of the “apple a day” variety, energy is essential there, too. Almost 16 percent of U.S. energy goes to supplying Americans with food, split roughly equally between crop and livestock production and food processing and packaging. To cite just one example, it takes about 14 calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce one calorie of milk protein on a conventional farm. Energy has, of course, taken U.S. farming past the days of plowing with horse and oxen to modern tractors and other equipment, increasing yields exponentially. For instance, barley grew in production from 20.9 bushels per acre in 1916 to 68.9 bushels today while corn has increased from 24 bushels to 168 in that same time period.
Plastics in your Kitchen
Energy is Everything: Plastic wrap has its origin in 1933, discovered accidentally by a Dow lab employee who was working on another project. It was initially a spray designed to protect fighter planes from salty sea spray. In 1949, Dow refined the spray into a plastic wrap made out of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride), a petroleum derivative. More recently wraps have been made from low-density polyethylene, also from petroleum.
Have We Entered the Era of Sous Vide?
Plastics Make it Possible discusses the new trend called sous vide. "Simply put, the sous vide cooking method heats foods “under vacuum” (yup, it’s French) in a water bath at much lower temperatures than normal cooking requires. No browning, no boiling, no burning. And little possibility of overcooking. The results can be sublime. Meltingly tender short ribs. Perfectly flaky fish infused with herbs." Plastics make this new trend possible! Read more here.
Love that Ice Cold Beer at the End of the Day?
Thank the oil and gas industry! See how many products in your fridge are petroleum -based:
Surprised? Read more.
And it's not just the refrigerator. Many items inside are also oil and gas products.
Waking Up with Oil in Your Cup
That life-saving device you call a coffee pot is largely made of plastic. The coating on the wires and lubrication on the motor is also petroleum! Not to mention the trucks that brought your coffee to the local store for you to buy. You can thank the oil and gas industry for making that glorious cup of coffee a possibility each morning!
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