Peat Moss is the Newest Oil Spill Clean-Up Tool
Sometimes the smallest companies can come up with the right ideas to solve the biggest problems. In light of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, Kallak Torvstrøfabrikk’s development of a high-absorbency peat moss that could help clean up the mess is particularly welcome.
The three-man company located in Trøgstad, Norway has put its expertise in gardening peat moss to good use in the development of a high-absorbency peat moss product tested in partnership with SINTEF, a multidisciplinary research company. They found that the peat moss was at least as good, and often better, than many of the commercial products available.
The viability of peat moss as an effective oil clean-up tool was put to the test in the summer of 2009 when a freighter ran aground off the south-east coast of Norway and dumped at least 200 tons of fuel oil, wreaking environmental havoc. Kallak Torvstrøfabrikk’s product helped clean up a nearby environmentally sensitive conservation area.
Since then Kallak Torvstrøfabrikk has developed other super-absorbent peat moss products such as 3-meter long ‘sausages’ that can encircle and isolate portions of oil spills and buckets of peat moss that will soak up spills of oil, diesel fuel, and other environmentally harmful liquids.