Whether it is American Express, Visa or Mastercard, your credit cards are all made from PVC (derived from the petrochemical ethylene). After the order is placed, your last step (once the gift arrives) is to wrap it in festive holiday materials. Both wrapping paper as well as the ribbon can be made from polyethylene (derived from the petrochemical ethylene). Read more.
Holding you Together
You can't get away from it! Oil and gas products are everywhere you look. Rubber bands, your stapler, tape dispenser, calculator...the list is endless! Almost every product on your desk has some form of oil and gas involved in its making.
Oil and gas literally has your back, most likely right now! That desk chair you're sitting in is full of oil and gas innovation. The plastic forms for the legs and arms, the synthetic fibers that cover your chair and stitch it together, even the foam that cushions your seat...these are all products made from oil and gas.
Everything about your office copier or printer is related to oil and gas: the plastics and rubbers that make the casings, to the wire coating to lubrication on the gears in the motors, right down to the ink used in the fuser! The solvent used in ink is often derived from heavy petroleum distillate. Read more about how copiers are made here.
Take a Plunge...into Reality
Your computer mouse's outer shell and most of its internal mechanical parts, including the shafts and spoked wheels, are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic that is injection-molded. The ball is metal that is coated in rubber and the electrical micro-switches are made of plastic and metal. That's all oil and gas! The same goes for your phone, with the casing, cords and all being plastic.
Your computer many petrochemical-based parts. For example, computer housings and keyboards are made from acrylonitrile styrene butadiene (ABS) which can be derived from the petrochemicals propylene, benzene and butadiene as starting materials. The insulation used for computer cables can be made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which are derived from the petrochemical ethylene. When it comes to computer monitors, monitor casings can be made from ABS or polystyrene (derived from ethylene or benzene as a starting material). Read more.
Everything about your computer has been touched by oil and gas. Besides the casings and shells for the computer itself, as well as your monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard being made from oil and gas products, many other components within your computer are petroleum-based as well. Guess what? You also owe much of your software technology and internet capabilities to the oil and gas industry!
All About that Cell
Your cell phone is cased in plastics, full of components from the oil and gas industry, and even your cord is encased in petroleum products. Most importantly, your cell phone is powered by technological innovations driven by the oil and gas industry.
Ink Case You Missed It
Ink is composed of pigment and solvent. Pigment gives ink its color. The solvent is often derived from heavy petroleum distillate. Whether it's your favorite pen or the printer on your desk, the ink inside is made from an oil and gas product!
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