Oil and natural gas help to make everyday life possible. From work to play, home to office, entertainment to technology to medical care, byproducts of petroleum play a role.
Home and Lifestyle
Products made from petroleum provide our most basic necessities, turning a house into a home—from the asphalt-shingled roof that gives us shelter to the linoleum floors under our feet. This includes almost everything in between: paint, carpeting, drapery, upholstery, linens, and appliances.
Wardrobe and Textiles
Petroleum byproducts help us look and perform our best, all while protecting us from the elements, because they provide the synthetic fibers for many of our clothes and outerwear. Fibers like polyester and nylon are found in outdoor apparel, swimwear, formal wear, performance wear and hosiery.
Recreational and Safety Products
Petroleum-related products power our play and contribute to advancements that make sports safer, helping protect athletes from injury. Inflatable balls, nylon netting, protective gear made from plastics, and artificial turf playing fields are just a few examples.
Medical Equipment and Pharmaceuticals
Oil and natural gas products contribute to saving lives and improving our health. Much of our modern medicine and equipment are wholly or partially made of petroleum-based products. Natural gas products also empower lives through devices and appliances like contacts and eyeglass frames, hearing aids and artificial limbs.
Many emerging technologies wouldn’t be possible without the products made from petroleum. These are the items that keep us connected and entertained, like mobile phones and personal computers, televisions, and gaming consoles. Several forms of renewable energy, including wind turbines, hybrid vehicles, and solar panels, also rely on oil and natural gas.