Quality Essentials: Your Day-to-Day Must Haves


This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.

This morning began like any other; after smacking my blaring alarm clock, my feet hit the soft shag carpet next to my bed, while I stretched and made my way to the bathroom. Flicking on the light switch, I stared bleary-eyed at my sallow reflection (too little sleep) and contemplated the bags under my eyes (too much wine). Grabbing my toothbrush, I vigorously cleaned my teeth, followed by the daily steps needed to complete the beautification process: a quick shower, 10 minutes with a hair dryer, 10 seconds with a hair brush, a swipe of lip gloss and a dab of sunscreen.

Okay, so it took me at least 5 minutes to select my lip gloss. Note to self: sort through various plastic tubes.

Lip Gloss EssentialsAfter much consideration, I settled on a lip colour (shimmery peach if you must know). Popping my contact lenses onto my eyes and an assortment of vitamins into my mouth, I felt much more ready to start the day.

That is, until I stepped on a stray toy lying outside my bathroom door. OUCH! I checked under my foot, contemplating whether the puncture was deep enough to warrant a band aid. Deciding it wasn’t, I made my way to the kitchen, where I grabbed the coffee pot and hunted in the fridge for the milk jug. After putting the coffee on, I grabbed my camera and scrolled through the photos I had taken the night before, smiling.

Less than thirty minutes into my day, I have already used at least 15 products made from petroleum. 

Check out the words in bold above. Yep, they’re all things that have been derived from crude oil in some way. In fact, for the majority of Canadians, petroleum is an essential part of our quality of life. We rely on it to make gasoline for cars, trucks, buses, trains, boats and planes. And, as previously demonstrated, countless other products are made from crude oil including heat, clothing, cosmetics, building materials and plastics.

So, other than reaping the benefits of products and services that are made from crude oil, why should we care? Well, for starters, Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, with 97% of those reserves in the Oil Sands. This translates to 168 billion barrels with the potential of over 100 years of production. In fact, over 800,000 jobs could be created in the next 25 years alone. Hence, if you are Canadian, and enjoy your current quality of life, you need to understand just how dependent we are on a booming oil industry.

The Oil Sands are found in three deposits in Canada: The Athabasca, Peace River, and Cold Lake areas in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Canada’s energy future lies in the Oil Sands as it is a secure source to meet our growing demands (especially since MAC Cosmetics releases 15 new lipstick shades every year – now that’s a growing demand).

Admit it: you’ve heard of petroleum, but other than the jelly stuff you slather on baby’s butt, it hasn’t been at the forefront of your mind. And that’s okay. Truth is, before writing this post, it was not something I gave much thought to either. However, given just how integral it is to our lifestyle and economy, I thought it prudent to share a little insight. For more information about the Oil Sands industry visit oilsandstoday.ca.

So what about that jelly stuff? We use it a lot around here. But in true Lena form, this is what MY jar of Petroleum Jelly looks like. Yes, it’s bedazzled. No, you can’t have it.

#QualityEssentials

This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.