Natural Organic Oil & Chemical Spill Absorbent Fibre
PèTROZORB-Bronze is made from a proprietary blend of coco peat (Cocos nucifera ) which is a cellulose organic fibre, plus two species of pine bark: Pinus elliottii and Pinus patula.
Its absorbent ability is due to its highly porous ultra-structure, together with its surface properties. This makes it highly effective in absorbing hydrophobic substances. The physical structure of the matrix of capillaries allows the product to absorb hydrocarbons. This traps the pollutant within the fibre, preventing leaching. The pine bark within this product acts as an absorbent with a naturally occurring micro-organism that assists in the degradation of the pollutant.
PèTROZORB-Bronze is environmentally friendly and does not release the pollutants it has just absorbed, into the environment. This differentiates it from other products which use sunflower husks, wood sawdust, paper, straw, clay or certain cotton bases, which all have the potential to release the hydrocarbons.
Natural Organic Oil & Chemical Spill Absorbent Fibre (with oil degrading microbes)
PèTROZORB-Silver is made from a proprietary blend of coco peat (Cocos nucifera ), which is a cellulose organic fibre, plus two species of pine bark: Pinus elliottii and Pinus patula. Added to this are multiple strains of favourable aerobic and anaerobic microbes.
PèTROZORB-Silver contains oil degrading microbes, which retain organic materials and reject inorganic ions. These tough aerobic and anaerobic microbes are absorbed on the surface of the organic absorbent fibre and lie dormant until they come into contact with water. The micro-organisms then have the ability to degrade a wide range of petroleum hydrocarbons, producing harmless by-products such as carbon dioxide and water. The pine bark within this product acts as an absorbent and microbial bio-mass. The native South African microbes found on the surface of this bark helps decompose organic matter and digest hydrocarbons /oils.
Identify and isolate spill. Always follow workplace procedures for clean-up and disposal. Protect yourself from the spill, wear correct safety equipment.
Block off drains with absorbent boom preventing migrating liquids entering the storm water drains.
Apply absorbent with a plastic spark proof shovel to the perimeter of the spill to form a bund and stop spill migration.
Continue to apply absorbent working to the centre until spill is completely covered and no free liquid is visible, Allow absorbent to absorb spill.
Sweep with a hard bristle broom working dry absorbent over spill area to remove all surface oil or chemical.
Coco Peat Oil & Chemical Absorbent Fibre
PèTROZORB-Gold is manufactured from 100% coco peat (Cocos nucifera ), a cellulose organic fibre.
The absorbency is based on its highly-porous ultra-structure. The physical structure of the matrix of capillaries, allows the product to absorb hydrocarbons, allowing the pollutant to remain within the product without leaching. The product also traps flammable fumes, assisting with fire control at spills.
PèTROZORB-Gold has a natural ability to easily and quickly absorb spillages by using its oleophilic qualities to reduce the mess to a clean, safe, workable area again. The key to success is the unique box-like molecular structure of every crumb-sized speck of the fibres. This presents a huge surface tension area with capillary action to absorb oils and other liquids into its cellular structure, whilst retaining non-skid ability.
The structure permits a 36% Air Filled Porosity (AFP) that allows it to float on any liquid to be absorbed. It will act immediately on contact and absorb 90% of its capacity in the first few minutes which is critical for a quick response clean up. The product will continue to absorb over a long period and not allow any leach-back.
Furthermore, PèTROZORB-Gold retains its consistency so that it will not turn to “mush”. This allows the oil-saturated product to be scooped up or raked from the surface of the water relatively easily. It is light in weight and creates very little dust, even when it is scattered over vast distances on hard surfaces.
Peat Moss Oil & Chemical Absorbent Fibre
PèTROZORB-Platinum is manufactured from 100% natural premium sphagnum peat moss (Van Post Grade H1-H3) that is activated by a proprietary air-dried and heat-treated process.
The specialized heat treatment and air-drying process reduces the moisture content to approximately 10-14%; at this level the peat fibre’s water retention feature changes. It becomes hydrophobic (repels water) and absorbs hydrocarbons. The reversal of the hydrophobic properties is caused by the release of natural wax from within the cell during the proprietary process. The natural wax coats the fibres, resulting in a hydrophobic property.
The inherent capillary action of the activated peat provides a powerful wicking action that encapsulates oils, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and all other organic chemicals on contact. It suppresses vapours and absorbs hydrocarbons on land or water in dry or wet conditions. It will not leach or discharge absorbed pollutants, making it clean and easy to use.
PèTROZORB-Platinum’s peat moss absorbent is hydrophobic, non-abrasive, non-toxic, non-leaching, non-carcinogenic, and in its natural state is already biodegraded. It can also be used by anybody – it doesn’t require any protective clothing or specialised trained technicians to handle and dispose of the product.