BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Companies and inventors are coming out of the woodwork with solutions to the Gulf oil spill, including some from our area.
Aabaco Industries, based in Boca Raton, makes a product called Bio-Absorb. The material is made using a discarded sugar cane fiber called bagasse. The fiber is heated and dried. Then nitrogen and microbes are added.
Aabaco says its product completely eliminates oil. The sugar cane fiber absorbs. The nitrogen and microbes get rid of the oil compounds.
After 60 to 90 days, all that's left is a safe soil product, said Frank Pajaujis of Aabaco. "It becomes dirt," he said. "Grow roses in the dirt eventually."
And if the dirt residue is left in the environment? "The dirt would settle down, become normal silt at the bottom," said Pajaujis. "It does not hurt the fish."
Pajaujis said Bio-Absorb is ideal for treating oiled wetlands and marshes, where physically removing oil could hurt the environment.