Raw cotton absorbs crude oil spills, repels water

May 2013
Southeast Farm Press Exclusive Insight;5/16/2013, p4
The article talks about the use of raw cotton as a solution for crude oil spills. Research from the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) show that low-grade cotton is highly effective in absorbing crude oil spills, absorbing 30 pounds of dense crude oil per 1 pound of low-micronaire cotton. Also, the waxy quality of raw, unprocessed cotton repels water, making it perfect for ocean-based oil spills.


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