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ASABE Endorses Cotton for Remediating Oil-Spill
June 23, 2010

The Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announces its endorsement of the use of natural-fiber products such as cotton in remediating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cotton and many cotton byproducts provide crucial benefits over synthetic materials, like polypropylene, in recovering oil from the ocean. Cotton fiber can absorb about 40 times its weight in oil, whereas currently used synthetics have a capacity of 10 to 20 times their weight. In addition, the oil absorbed by cotton, along with the cotton itself, will degrade naturally in the environment, which is not the case for synthetics. Also, cotton fiber and its fibrous byproducts can be reused to absorb additional oil.

A formal statement by the Society provides supporting data for its endorsement, please visit

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