Gear oil, brake fluid, tires, fuels, car seats, bumpers, window seals, motorcycle helmets, boats, baby car seats, ambulances, helicopters
Cable coatings, computers, TV sets, tablets, headsets, cameras, mobile phones, photographic film
Outdoor clothing, clothing made out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), artificial fiber, sweaters, panty, rubber boots, running shoes, shoe soles, shoe polish
Exterior paints, thermal isolation, heating oils, window frames, kitchen surfaces, non-stick pans, plastic surfaces, detergents, TV sets, dishwasher, faucet, trash bags, mops
Sports clothing, tennis balls, basketballs, footballs, surfboards, cleats, bicycles, parachutes, roller-skate wheels, golf bags, golf balls, helmets, lifesaving jackets, fishing rods
Traffic cones, barrier tapes, asphalt, tarpaulins, paint, safety glasses, water pipes, tools, safety helmets, caulking, roofing shingles, plywood adhesive, paint rollers
Pharmaceuticals, hoses, petroleum jelly, antiseptics, vitamin, antihistamine, aspirin, heart valve, hand sanitizer, anesthetics, x-ray, examination equipment, pacemakers, casts, crutches, wheelchair, artificial hips, hearing aids, eyes glasses, contact lenses, artificial limbs, bandages, diapers, doctor’s scrubs
Nail polish, make-up, facial creams, perfumes, shampoo, soap, shaving cream, hair curlers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair coloring, deodorant, hairdryer
Printing inks, pens, computers, glue, tape
Kerosene, heavy fuel oils, marine fuels, diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, heating oil
Sunglasses, carrier bags, synthetic leather, umbrellas, jewelry, luggage
Garden furniture, sun loungers, artificial fibers, parasols, carpet backing, rugs, upholstery, curtains, pillows, lamps, refrigerator linings, candles, toilet seats
Pacifiers, frisbees, crayons, balloons, dolls
Propane, lubricants, greases, fungicides, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, irrigation piping, gloves

Oil in everyday life

Although the major use of petroleum is for fuel, and petroleum and natural gas are often employed to generate electricity, there are many other uses. This infographic showcases the many uses of oil and gas in our daily lives. Make sure to move your cursor on each icon to get a deeper look.

Oil in everyday life

Although the major use of petroleum is for fuel, and petroleum and natural gas are often employed to generate electricity, there are many other uses. This infographic showcases the many uses of oil and gas in our daily lives.



When thinking of oil, we immediately think of fuel to keep our cars running. However, oil is found in many car parts, including car seats, tires, and bumpers.



Oil and gas are essential for construction materials such as paint, caulking, roofing shingles, asphalt, and pipes. Moreover, using products derived from petroleum allows for a safer work environment for construction workers, providing them with hard hats, safety goggles, and other equipment. They also allow for more durable projects, with the use of protective coatings and waterproofing.



The most commonly manufactured fibers are petroleum based, such as nylon, polyester, acrylic, and spandex. Fabrics and materials created from petroleum keep us dry and warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather.



Many everyday accessories are derived from various plastics, such as handbags, sunglasses, phone cases, jewelry, and many others. All of these come from petroleum.


Fuels are essential in our modern lives. They allow us to cook our foods, heat or cool our housing, and make high-speed land, sea, and air transportation possible.


We might not realize it, but in our homes we are surrounded by products containing oil and gas derivatives, including cooking tools, domestic appliances, and cleaning products.


There are beauty products that are derived from petroleum, such as nail polish, perfumes, some make-up, and hair colorings. Some products which are used on a daily basis, such as soap, toothbrushes, and shampoo, are also made from oil.


Much of the medical equipment used today, many of which are life-saving devices, is made from oil. Not only are heart valves and artificial limbs made from petroleum, but also much of the cleaning and safety products medical personnel use. Aspirins and other pharmaceuticals also contain petroleum.


Most of our furniture has some components derived from oil. This is true for any synthetic furniture, as well as furniture containing an oil finish.


Petroleum can be found in many types of sporting equipment: surfboards, basketballs, and skate wheels, to name but a few. Many times, the materials derived from oil and gas used in sporting equipment also contribute to the safety of the players.


Most electronics, from TVs to computers and cell phones, contain plastics. In some cases, these plastics prevent any safety hazards. Electronics are now indispensable to our daily lives, and oil and gas play a central role in making this possible.


Our office spaces are filled with oil-derived materials which help us in our everyday work and enable us to deliver the best products: all electronics, most furniture, and even printer ink all contain petroleum.


Many of the toys children play with are made from oil-based plastics. Lego, dolls, frisbees, crayons and markers, and balloons are all made from or with plastic components, as do many other childhood items such as car seats or buggies.


For the agriculture industry to run smoothly, it uses various fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides to protect the products from invasive plants or insects. Many of these products contain petroleum in some fashion.

72 uses of oil in everyday life

Whether as a fuel or a feedstock: oil is an integral part of your daily life.

This infographic highlights 72 uses for oil in everyday life and is available in multiple languages

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