Sea Sweep's primary source is from soft woods,
such as Pine or Aspen trees.
Wood Chip By-Product
Sea Sweep (wood chips) are the by-product of the
screened second or third cutting of lumber at the mills.
Sea Sweep Process
The wood chips are processed through a
thermolation patented process, which removes all of the moisture and wood oils, thereby
developing Sea Sweep which is oleophilic (absorbs oil) and hydrophobic (repels water).
Oil spills occur on water, highways, factories,
service stations, airports, vessels, marinas and anywhere hydrocarbons are present.
Sea Sweep absorbs oil immediately upon contact.
Once the spilled hydrocarbon is
absorbed into Sea Sweep, it is not released, preventing environmental damage to
shorelines and harmful effects to birds, wildlife and marine species.
Recovering Saturated Sea Sweep
Sea Sweep is recovered on water by the use of
small nets and skimmers for minor spills; barge conveyors for major spills, and on land
with the use of brooms and shovels.
Sea Sweep containing hydrocarbons is mixed with
other organic materials and water to start the compost process. Microbes, ever
present in the environment, attack the oil as the compost heats to 130 degrees Fahrenheit
(55.7 Celsius), producing harrnless hydrocarbons and soluble nitrates that result in
an excellent soil builder.
The soil builder can be used as potting soil or
fertilizer for grass, shrubs and trees,
completing the environmental cycle.