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Oil Spill Absorbent from Kenaf and Industrial Hemp

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When it comes to oil spill cleanup there are a number of products that are used. But did you know the best oil spill absorbent comes from natural plants. It’s true, the core fiber of the kenaf and industrial hemp plants, provides the most absorbent products that can be used for oil spill cleanups, either on land or water.

Hemp, Inc. is producing industrial oil spill clean up products called SpillSuck™ and Spill-Be-Gone™. Just like the names imply, these products are highly effective in absorbing oil. They are currently being made from raw kenaf until industrial hemp is legally available in large quantities.

Spill-Be-Gone™ is sold in industrial sized quantities for large oil spill cleanups. It is exclusively available through Industrial Hemp Manufacturing LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hemp, Inc.). It is fast and cost effective in cleaning up oil spills on land or water. It can also be disposed of in a green manner as well, so as not to pollute the environment further. It is often used by first responders to clean up oil spills on our highways and oceans, and is many times more absorbent than clay.

There are a number of products and substances used in the clean-up of oil spills however, most are slow to work, extremely expensive and can be harmful to the environment. Spill-Be-Gone™ is made from the core of kenaf and hemp plants, which has been proven to be the most absorbent, environmentally friendly, natural option. (See Navy Study)

SpillSuck™ is a made from the same ingredients as Spill-Be-Gone™, but it is packaged in 25 lb. bags for 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.

Spill-Be-Gone™ and SpillSuck™ products are effectively used for oil, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, solvents, water and most liquid spills.

  • 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 an oil spill emergency.

Costs of an Oil Spill and How Oil Spill Absorbent Materials Can Help

In a report sponsored by Resources For the Future, Mark Cohen outlined the costs of an oil spill. The major costs are divided into categories:

Private Costs

  • Damage to the oil rig and related equipment
  • Containment costs to stop or reduce further oil spillage (e.g., efforts to cap wells, booms, dispersants, controlled burning)
  • Cleanup costs incurred by responsible parties
  • Lost oil
  • Cost of litigation (including punitive damages or other penalties not directly related to above)

External Costs

  • Loss of life and injury to workers
  • Containment costs to stop or reduce further oil spillage (e.g., booms, dispersants, controlled burning)
  • Cleanup costs incurred by government agencies

Both privately and publicly the costs incurred include the cleanup process. When oil companies use products like Spill-Be-Gone™ and SpillSuck™ made from kenaf and industrial hemp for oil spills, the costs are not only less, but the time it takes to get the oil spill under control is drastically reduced.

In 2010 industrial hemp for oil spill cleanup was used to help contain an oil spill off the cost of Louisiana:

Oil-absorbent booms made from a 3,000-year-old Egyptian hibiscus plant called kenaf are containing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to containing the oil, the booms serve as a barrier that keeps oil off boats, docks and pilings.

Natural based absorbents are preferred as “green” solutions 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.

Risk of Physical Injury to Workers

It’s not just massive large-scale oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon incident that are hazardous. Oil spill is one of the most common types of chemical spills in the workplace. This is because so many things require the use of oil, such as forklifts, trucks, industrial machines and lifting equipment.

Even minor spills create a dangerous situation. If a worker walks over a small patch of spilled oil on a concrete floor, they could easily slip, lose their balance and fall. “Slip-and-fall” accidents are one of the most common types of work-related injuries.

Oil is considered low toxicity in comparison to other chemicals, yet oil spills still pose a great threat to the safety of employees. Companies must have a proactive plan for cleaning up spilled oil in a timely manner to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace.

If the company isn’t properly prepared for an oil spill, they could find themselves struggling to properly contain it, or having someone get injured on the job. This is why many companies have oil spill kits on hand. These typically contain materials and products to help contain the spill, as well as protective gear such as gloves, goggles, etc. to protect the people cleaning up. Having Spill-Be-Gone™ or SpillSuck™ on hand is way to ensure preparedness. It is easy to store, non-toxic, and easy to dispose of according to federal regulations and is compliant with the Gulf of Mexico’s EPA environmental regulations.

There are green alternatives for oil spill absorbent products, no matter what size an oil spill is. SpillSuck™ and Spill-Be-Gone™ are made from kenaf and industrial hemp, making them the number one solution for environmentally friendly oil spill absorbent products.