Could 'Sham Wow' for Oil Help Gulf Clean Up?

More than a month into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as we watch that dramatic underwater video of crude gushing out of the broken BP well, many are asking 'Why isn't anybody doing something about this?

More than a month into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as we watch that dramatic underwater video of crude gushing out of the broken BP well, many are asking "Why isn't anybody doing something about this?

First Line Technology is a Washington, DC company that makes a product called Fibertect. Some might call it a Sham Wow

for oil. It's a non-woven fabric, made of cotton and carbon, that soaks up fifteen times its weight in hydrocarbons. It's biodegradable, non-toxic, and available right now.

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Fibertect was invented by Professor Seshadri Ramkumar at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health. It's manufactured for First Line Technology by Hobbs Bonded Fibers. The product consists of 3 layers—a sandwich of super absorbent cotton on the outside and a center layer of fibrous activated carbon.

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