Sunday, 30 January 2011

Using Green Oil Absorbents to Clean Up Oil and Other Liquid Spills

Anybody who works in a garage, around boats, or around mechanical equipment will eventually spill some oil, diesel, gasoline, paint, hydraulic fluid, etc. The traditional and until recently only viable approach was to rely on kitty litter and other clay-based absorbents has numerous drawbacks for the user trying to clean up oil, gasoline, paint or other hydrocarbon liquid, not to mention the effects on the environment. Clay-based sorbents require a lot of fossil fuels to get them out of ground not to mention to ship them. The products are typically heavy to deliver and to use.
Another major drawback is that they take a long time to actually pool the oil or other liquid so they can't be cleaned up immediately resulting in greater risk of oil streaking, smearing, and greater personal injury risk. Furthermore, particularly around sensitive machinery, the particles from clay-based products can get into machinery and cause damage. Clay-based sorbents may also contain silica dust which is a known carcinogen.
Fortunately, today there are a number of companies that manufacture and distribute clean, green, eco-friendly oil & universal spill absorbents. These products are readily available in various granular and pad format and offer much higher absorption power for the quantity of material used, they are easier to apply and clean up, and have a wide range of environmental benefits. You don't have to be a tree hugger to love these green oil absorbent products; these oil absorbents will save you time and money and get the job done better and faster; so you can get back to working on what you were doing.
Most of the products out there are made from renewable materials and some are biodegradable and recyclable. While different products have different properties, features and benefits, they are typically easier to handle on your back by being lighter weight and requiring much less product per gallon of absorption. Look for these products online or through distributors of oil and other absorbents.
Thomas Bourne, CEO, Terrenew LLC. Terrenew, in affiliation with Cornell University, manufactures and sells OilMaster Eco-Friendly Oil Absorbent Products available in Granular and Pad format. To learn more, please visit