Announced May 21, 2010, a Philadelphia-area inventor is conferring with distributors and cleanup specialists to supply them with InsulSorb materials, a product designed to minimize ecological damage to the Gulf waters and wetlands that utilizes loose fiberglass wool from CertainTeed Corporation.
Specializing in the development of high volume sorbent materials and booms, Jeffrey Brelsford of S.E. Squared, Inc., came up with the idea of treating fiberglass insulation rendering it hydrophobic. The patent-pending InsulSorb is designed to repel water and absorb toxic or hazardous materials such as oil, antifreeze, gasoline and other pollutants from bodies of water, garage floors and roadways.
InsulSorb consists of unbounded, shredded fiberglass blowing wool particles that may be sprayed from an aircraft or boat over water, or by a vehicle on land to rapidly absorb toxic or hazardous materials.
The light weight material absorbs the pollutant in minutes rather than hours or days. It's capable of soaking up 100 to 170 percent more than polyproylene, a material most commonly used by clean up specialists.
Because fiberglass consists of 100 percent natural sand and rock -- unlike most other products composed of artificial materials -- InsulSorb is environmental neutral. The product will not rot or decay, is recyclable after recovering oil by squeezing it out of the material and repels water, which means no mildew or fungus.