Spill-Be-Gone™ is made from the core of kenaf plant, which is one of the world’s most absorbent natural materials according to a U.S. Navy Study. Kenaf is a green environmentally product that not only works well for oil spill clean up oil, it is also safe to handle and dispose of. It is a perfect material for oil spill cleanup because it works quickly and is cost effective for use on land or water. Spill-Be-Gone™ is often used by first responders to clean up oil spills on our highways and is up to thirty time more absorbent than clay.
The 1,000 pound bags are available for emergency response for oil spill cleanup in water that is not yet contained and could potentially wash up on shore. Because it is so absorbent, kenaf works wonders in cleaning up shorelines and absorbing oil on animals that have been covered in oil.
How Spill-Be-Gone™ Works for Oil Spill Cleanup
- 30x more absorbent than clay. Soaks up the most volume by weight.
- Used directly on oil spills. Starts drawing up liquid very quickly
- Easy disposal – according to applicable Federal, State and Local Regulations for the type of liquid that is absorbed
- Made from a plant, not a chemical or a polymer and is not toxic, a truly green product
- Easy to handle and saves time in a spill emergency
Spill-Be-Gone™ is available in following sizes:
When it comes to helping the environment, Spill-Be-Gone™ is effectively used for oil, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, solvents, water and most liquid spills.
David Schmitt, COO of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing made this product in his previous company during the 1995 BP Gulf spill. Two thousand (2,000) pounds were taken down to the Gulf spill in Louisiana. Unfortunately they were unable to get clearance through the political red tape to demonstrate the product, so they piled it up on the beach.
As the birds and other small animals that had been covered in oil, walked through the pile of kenaf, the oil was easily removed from them. It was as if they instinctively knew that this mound of kenaf would help save their lives.”
SpillSuck™ is a made from the same ingredients as Spill-Be-Gone™, but it is packaged in 25 lb. bags and can be used for everyday oil, chemical and other toxic liquid spills around the workplace.
SpillSuck™ is designed for use in smaller applications such as auto repair garages, the decks on oil drilling platforms, manufacturing plants, etc. Having SpillSuck™ on hand for emergency spills is crucial for employee safety on the job. It can also be sold in retail stores for applications at home such as cleaning up oil on driveways and garages.
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The kenaf plant is related to cotton, hibiscus and okra. Its origin is Africa and it was grown for fiber and fuel in ancient Egypt. It can be legally grown in America and can reach 12 to 16 feet tall in a single year. We are now unlocking the secrets of this resourceful plant.
The natural fibers of kenaf are used in many products such as: light weight plastic composites, erosion control blankets, high quality paper, cloth and many other products.
In the near future, as industrial hemp begins to be a commercial crop, Hemp, Inc. will incorporate industrial hemp into the Spill-Be-Gone™ product. As with kenaf, hemp hurds (the core of the stalk) are highly absorbent, anti-bacterial and biodegradable.
Pollution resulting from oil spills poses severe environmental problems and hazards around the world. This is not only due to the oil spills, but the clean up processes as well, which can be costly. In 1997, it was estimated that in the US alone, more than $136,000 per ton spilled was spent on oil spill cleanup. The processes used were very complicated and not environmentally friendly, which included chemical, mechanical and biological treatments.
Oil spills have a tremendous environmental, ecological, economical impact on society as a whole. There are several techniques being used for oil spill cleanup, for example, in-situ burning of oil, mechanical tools (booms and skimmers), chemical dispersants, steam flushing and also by using natural fibers as sorbents.
Mechanical treatment using synthetic or natural materials as an absorbent can be cost effective for oil spill cleanup. However, the downside of their superior absorption qualities is synthetic materials are not very biodegradable.
Natural based absorbents are preferred as a “green” solution because they are more efficient, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
Several studies have been done, including the one by the U.S. Navy that found kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) to be one of the most sorbent materials for treating oil spills.
Another study was conducted at the Sultan Idris Education University in Malasia, on the oil sorbent material produced from kenaf fibers. Three sorbent materials were made of various fiber particle sizes and tested for their oil absorbent properties.
The oil sorbent materials produced in this study were found to have superior absorption value compared to other fiber-based oil sorbents such as Sisal (Agave sisalana), Coir (Cocos nucifera) and loofa sponge (Luffa cylindrica).
As you can see, using these natural fibers for oil spill absorbents, is a cost effective, environmentally way to help accidents without the toxic side effects of current products used. Once industrial hemp is legal to grow in all 50 states, America can play a big part in “greening up” the oil industry.