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PLASTIC BAGS.- petroleum!

Cars… Power Ranger Action Figures… Houses… Plastic Bags… A Pen… Barbie Dolls… What do these things all have in common?!

There answer to this question is the material that they are made of- plastic aka petroleum.
What is petroleum?, you might ask. Is it that petroleum jelly you apply on your skin every now and then? Are you saying all those things are made out of…. ointment?

No, of course not. But petroleum is literally the oil that comes from rock. It is formed in all organic matters (think decaying animals) that is buried deep, deep inside the Earth. Over very long periods of time, it is all turned into crude oil (petroleum). The petroleum is lighter than water so it will float up until it hits the impermeable layer! To get the petroleum, oil wells are drilled to as much as six miles deep to get this oil. It is very valuable, so that is why oil wells are dug so deep just to get the oil.

You might be thinking, how is petroleum aka crude oil, the substance we use to fuel our car, used for plastic?! Well, the 16% of all crude oil produced not used for energy production (cars), is used for plastic and other chemical product. Petroleum is the raw material of plastic. The petroleum is actually mixed with some additives to form plastic. To read the process, you can click here

So it is true. Plastic is made from petroleum aka crude oil. It is the same oil that we use to fuel our car, except for plastic, the petroleum is processed even more for the plastic we use. As you know, the price of oil is rocketing, the plastic we use is actually increasing too.

So take a second before you use another plastic bag next time!

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7 Responses to “PLASTIC BAGS.- petroleum!”

  1. how does plastic come from petroleum, isn’t that a type of gas

  2. You are probably thinking of petroleum in its gas state.
    However, petroleum is usually liquid to semi-solid when it is drilled from the ground.

  3. That is very interesting, this along with your flyer had a lot of good information. It makes me want to pay more attention to what I buy and what I throw out.

  4. That was really interesting information. I never knew plastic could do so much damage to the environment. Next time I’ll think twice before I use a plastic bag.

  5. This is very awsome!!!!i never knew how much CO2 gave off!! thanks for the info.

  6. i agree this website taught me a lot and i plan on recycleing

  7. whoa, that’s really interesting!!! I’ve didn’t know any of this stuff!!!
    didn’t think that wasting plastic bags would be affect the oil used for cars!!!


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