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Polyurethane Helps Clean our Waters

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have invented a sponge adapted from common polyurethane foam that reportedly absorbs up to 90 times its weight in oil! This invention promises to help make offshore oil clean ups a lot faster and easier.

The Oleo Sponge may be a game changer in the absorbent technology industry. They say it can be rung out and reused, and can also absorb oil regardless of whether it is on or below the water surface. Scientists even believe that the oil collected from the sponge can be used again. The Olio Sponge inventors anticipate the innovation will be ready for real world use in less than 5 years.

Once again, polyurethane technologies are making our world a better place!