Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Oil-covered birds
We are all too familiar with those heartbreaking images of dying wildlife at the site of an oil spill. In fact, between 180,000 and 240,000 marine oil spills occur around the world every year.

Current oil spill containment and removal products are slow in absorption, expensive, often ineffective and sometimes even potentially toxic.

New Israeli company EcoBasalt developed a unique manufacturing and emulsification process to produce super thin basalt fiber compound SB-1 – a mineral sorbent made of basalt fibers from volcanic rock that, according to the company’s website, is “more efficient and more effective than any sorbent currently on the market, that allows the removal and reuse of adsorbed oil, and that is fully recyclable and eco-friendly.”

SB-1 has already been tested by independent laboratories in the US, the Netherlands and in Israel. It is safe for the environment and presents no health hazards.

SB-1 can adsorb all types of oil and does not require disposal of oil-filled sorbents. It can be recycled, mixed in with asphalt and concrete for tarmacs.

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