Every plant and animal on earth, from a flower to a lion, has a body whose chemicals are based on carbon. The study of carbon chemicals and how they react is known as organic chemistry.
Oil is a fossil fuel formed in rocks over millions of years from the bodies of small sea creatures, plants and even dinosaurs. Gasoline, used for fuel in our cars and trucks, is a very important product made from oil. Many plastics are made from oil.
You can make "plastic" in a few minutes using milkanother organic (carbon-containing) substance.
You'll need an adult's help to warm the heavy cream in a saucepan.
Now you have your own "plastic!" Plastic is really made from petroleum-based chemicals. And because oil or petroleum is a finite resource we need to conserve it. That's why we should recycle all our platics items so we won't be wasting oil.
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