Wednesday, July 7, 2010
An oil-cleaning fiber
Does anyone know anything about using white coir as an absorbent fiber for remediating oil spills? How about the procedure of promoting such natural materials for combating the Gulf Spill? There are many layers and legal considerations, but I wonder what private citizens might be able to do?
One definition of the fiber is found here:
and Wiki says:
To you, my reader: can you contact companies that process a given fiber (coir) and learn about promoting its industrial use as an oil absorbent? I'm trying to figure out how to do anything.
At present I'm still looking for name of Australian company that uses coir for remediation of oil spills. We have a coconut plantation owner friend and tonnes of coir. They typically make brown coir (used for mats and as peat compost fertilizer) but it's just a difference of processing green immature coconuts rather than brown ones.
I have contacted the Coconut Cultivation Board's Regional Manager for my friend's area, Kurenegala. Does anyone have contacts with the Kerali (Indian) plantations? I would at least like to know more about this effort and see if we as citizens can promote it.
I am working on this angle as well: how a country trying to promote coconut planting through a soft loans plan known in English as “Kapruka Ayojana Loan Scheme” can boost excess production for the purposes of generating fiber for the oil remediation effort.
Thanks, I'm tired of the oil spill and I've been putting out the intention to find something to do. So any information would be helpful.