Oil in everyday life

Fossil fuels do far more than just power our cars...

Oil is used to create vital ingredients – known as platform chemicals – which go into a lot of our everyday items. Everything from make up and toothpaste to glasses, flooring, clothing and more.

Platform chemicals are building block chemicals - derived from biomass - that can be used to make biofuels and in the manufacture of everyday items.

Oil-based products are around us - all day, every day. From the second we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, oil is an integral part of daily life.

We need new ways to sustainably replace the chemical building blocks that come from oil to make these products - a greener future depends on it.

Made from oil

Did you know oil is used to produce thousands of useful things, like these everyday items?

Illustration of a family in the bathroom

Morning routine in the bathroom

  1. Toothbrush
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Skin cream
  4. Shelving
  5. Make up
Illustration of a person commuting to work on a bike

Commuting to work on a bike

  1. Bicycle tyres
  2. Glasses
  3. Synthetic satchel
  4. Shoe soles
Illustration of a person driving to work in a car

Driving to work

  1. Car seats
  2. Window seals
  3. Signal lights
  4. Fuels
  5. Tyres
  6. Door seals
  7. Interior coverings
  8. Antifreeze
  9. Hydraulic steering fluids
  10. Gear oil
  11. Brake fluids
  12. Lubricants
  13. Bumpers
Illustration of a person sitting at a desk in the office

In the office

  1. Desk
  2. Shelving
  3. Computer
  4. Waste bin
  5. Coffee mug
  6. Files
  7. Blinds
  8. Window frames
  9. Carpet
Illustration of a person picking up an item in a supermarket

In the supermarket

  1. Plastic packaging
  2. Plastic bottles
  3. Plastic cartons
  4. Shopping basket
  5. Shelving
  6. Fridge units
  7. Flooring
Illustration of two people running in a city park

Out for a run

  1. Running shoes
  2. Shorts
  3. Leggings
  4. Socks
  5. Headband
  6. Crop top
  7. Watch
  8. Smart phone
Illustration of a person relaxing at home on the sofa

Relaxing at home

  1. Computer
  2. Sofa
  3. Cushions
  4. Carpet
  5. Lampshade
  6. Heating
Illustration of a person sleeping in their bedroom

Time for bed

  1. Carpet
  2. Window frames
  3. Bedside cabinet
  4. Bed frame
  5. Foam mattress
  6. Pillows
  7. Lampshade
  8. Alarm clock
  9. Heating