4 Awesome Coconut Facts

coconut husk renewable resource spillfix cleanupAs you may know, SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent is derived from coir, or coconut husks, which is a renewable resource that is 100% organic and safe to use — and safe for the environment. But spillfix is not the only creative way to use coconuts! Other than being a wonderfully tasty treat, this tropical fruit can be useful in a variety of settings.

1. The Coconut IV

Coconuts are a nutritious treat, full of fiber, vitamin C, and iron, but they also have other surprising medical benefits. As far back as the 1950s, coconut water could be used as a substitute for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients. Recently, it was used in the Solomon Islands to treat a severely dehydrated patient.

  1. Coco-Fuel
    Now you know coconuts are a great fuel for the human body, but its oil can also be used as a planet-friendly fuel alternative for automobiles and other machinery. As engine fuel, coconut oil can be used as a direct substitute for petroleum diesel, as an additive to petroleum diesel or bio-diesel, and even as the the base ingredient of bio-diesel.

  2. Tasty Alcohol

The piña colada is a vacation staple. No beach party is complete without a refreshing coconut drink by the pool. But in the Philippines, people often use the sap from an unopened coconut flower and distill it into a drink called lambanog. This potent drink is easily 80 to 90 proof, but is also organic and chemical-free! This coconut beverage is typically homemade, but some commercial distilleries have started producing lambanog as well, and they have introduced several new flavors, such as mango, bubblegum, and blueberry.

  1. Coco Armor

Coconut armour may sound like a joke, but craftsmen in the small Micronesian archipelago of Kiribati were able to craft husks into suits of armor! The coconut fibre armour from Oceania was made of dense coconut fibre matting; the full suit consists of a cap, body armour, back plate, jerkin and leggings.

Now we may be partial, but while all of these uses for coconuts are useful and incredibly creative, SpillFix Industrial Organic Absorbent may take the cake. Our product instantly absorbs any liquid spill on contact, so spill areas can be cleaned up with minimum downtime and the area immediately rendered safe. Go to our supplier page to locate a retailer near you!

What SpillFix Product Is Right For Your Business?

Image courtesy of SpillFix

Image courtesy of SpillFix

Whenever we talk about an absorbent product, we should always think of that absorbent product as a tool. Like any other tool, when it comes to cleaning up spills at work most of the time one kind of absorbent product will do a better job than another. And as with any other type of tool, different absorbent products will work better on different spills than another type of absorbent product might. Not only that, but the type of absorbent product you use will impact your company’s effectiveness, overall safety, and performance.

SpillFix is just one kind of absorbent product that you may decide to use to clean up fuel spills, chemical spills, or a range of other types of spills. But when exactly is it appropriate to use SpillFix? Today we’ll answer those questions so you can make sure you’re cleaning up spills to the best of your abilities.

What is SpillFix?

SpillFix Industrial Absorbent is a organic, non-toxic absorbent made from coir which is a renewable resource extracted from coconut husks. SpillFix is currently available in both loose, bagged form and boom sock form.

When should I use loose SpillFix absorbent product?

Loose absorbent products are used to clean up most liquid spills at work, and are particularly helpful when you need to clean up a spill that has leaked into cracks and seams that a larger, solid absorbent product couldn’t reach. While some types of loose absorbent products have a bad reputation for containing dangerous crystalline silica and for being dusty and difficult to sweep or shovel up afterwards and generally cumbersome to use, SpillFix removes dust from the equation and, as demonstrations show, is quick and easy to pick up and dispose of.

When should I use SpillFix booms?

If you have a large liquid spill quickly spreading that needs to be simultaneously contained and absorbed, a boom will help you get the job done. Commonly used to contain water-based oil spills, booms are also very effective to use on other kinds of spills that happen at your place of work – both indoors and outdoors. SpillFix booms are especially useful since no spill can be cleaned before it’s been properly contained, meaning that in the event of a spill a boom is a necessity.

As you can see, every worksite needs different spill products to address different spill-related needs. Assessing your workplace and deciding which products meet your safety needs is critical in determining which products to purchase to keep your worksite safe at all times.
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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Clay Products

There’s no doubt that spills in the workplace should be properly contained and cleaned with a spill absorbent product. However, not all absorbent products are created equally. Clay absorbent products, for example, can do more harm than good in the workplace. That’s why if your company still uses a clay absorbent, you should start thinking about making the switch to a more natural spill absorbent to protect your business, your workers, and your bottom line.

Don’t believe us? Here are five major reasons to consider making this switch today:

  1. Clay absorbent products are damaging.

Clay absorbents are made of small, rough grains. The sharp, abrasive edges of these grains could destroy floors during cleanup. Because you have to spread clay absorbent products around to clean spills, the granules sometimes scratch coated floors or sensitive machine parts causing more harm than good.

  1. Clay absorbent products are hard to lift.

A lot of clay absorbent bags are bulky and weigh about 45 pounds, making the cleanup hard to handle for workers. Not to mention, absorbed liquid in used clay absorbents can add additional pounds. Investing in a lightweight absorbent, like SpillFix, will be easier on your workers’ backs.

  1. Clay absorbent products are messy.

The absorption rate of clay products isn’t as good as most people claim. Most of the time, workers end up using the whole bag of absorbent – or close to it – to clean a small spill. Even then, slippery residue can remain on the ground and create a work safety hazard. Non-clay absorbents, such as SpillFix, start absorbing liquids as soon the material touches the spill so you only need to use a small amount of spill absorbent product to get the job done.

  1. Clay absorbent products are difficult to dispose of.

On top of clay absorbents requiring more work in terms of sweeping and shoveling up the absorbent, it is almost impossible to dispose of the used product quickly or efficiently. Unlike other spill absorbent products, used clay absorbents cannot be burned, and therefore must be stored in containers and disposed of via long tedious procedures. When SpillFix is used to clean oil or fuel spills, it can be disposed of easily and even transformed into a fuel source for other machinery.

  1. Clay absorbents are harmful to your health.

In addition to all the aforementioned reasons, clay absorbent products can pose a dangerous health risk to workers. The dust associated with clay absorbents contains crystalline silica – a known lung carcinogen. By using clay products, workers put themselves at risk for a number of lung diseases.

What can be used instead of clay absorbents?

Absorbents made from renewable resources are probably your best bet. For example, SpillFix is made from coir, a renewable resource from coconut husks. Because SpillFix uses this material, it is more lightweight, absorbent, and healthier for workers. Switching absorbent products now will save your business, your employees, and yourself a lot of time and hassle in the future.

Chemical Absorbents: What You Should Know

When you work in an industry that deals with chemicals it’s imperative that you also have the means to clean up those chemicals in the event of a spill. If you have a chemical absorbent on hand, you will protect those working with chemicals. Not only that, but you will meet legal requirements for safety and cut down on the time it would take to clean up the spill.

SpillFix

What is needed in the event of a major spill? There are many different kinds of absorbent products that can be used to clean up a spill, from pads to rolls to sorbents. Each type of product serves a different purpose and performs a different job in the event of a spill. Here at SpillFix, we offer two forms of absorbent products: boom socks and a bagged product.

Boom socks are perfect for corralling a spill before it can spread out. These long, absorbent socks can be placed in the path of a moving spill to halt the spread, preventing it from growing larger and causing bigger problems. Plus, the material used to make absorbent socks has unique wicking properties that stop the flow of the spill while absorbing the chemical up.

With two size bags of absorbent, you have the ability to soak up any size spill. The 50 litre bag has the capacity to absorb spills of up to 26 litres while the 15 litre bag has the capacity to absorb 9.5 litres. With our bags of absorbent material you can quickly soak up a spill

What to do in the event of a spill? It’s important to have an emergency procedure in place for when a chemical spill occurs.

  • Remove all nonessential personnel from the area. Anyone not involved in the cleanup should leave the area of the spill to prevent them from getting in the away and heightening the problem.
  • Do not touch the chemical spill. Until the chemical has been identified as being not harmful, it’s important not to come in contact with the spill.
  • Anyone cleaning up the spill should don the proper coverings and safety equipment.
  • Decontaminate any equipment, tools and employees who may have gotten chemicals on them or their person.

Chemical spills are serious and could be incredibly harmful to people and the environment if it makes its way down a drain. The most important thing is to be prepared. By having the right absorbent products on hand you will always be prepared for a big spill.

Spillfix: Great For The Environment, Great For Your Bottom Line

As we mentioned last week, being environmentally responsible can be beneficial not only for the Earth, but for your business as well. Being proactive in conservation and recycling paves the way for a better future for younger generations, while also appealing to local neighbors and consumers, who might otherwise frown upon your business’ wasteful habits. Another important step to take when attempting to go green and be environmentally responsible, however, is using products at your place of work that create less waste.

It can be difficult to find products that match up with those goals of conservation, particularly within the industrial businesses we regularly work with. To help meet this need, we set out to create an environmentally responsible product that would help make your business better also. The result? SpillFix, a product that every company should consider investing in – for four key reasons:

  1. Spillfix is created from an organic renewable resource: coconut husks! Because we use a sustainable resource, the earth’s other limited reserves aren’t being depleted. Over 70 million coconut husks are produced in Asia each year, and no coconut trees are cut down in the process of manufacturing Spillfix, leaving the trees to sprout more coconuts for future use. All of these things make Spillfix the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.
  2. Because we manufacture Spillfix in local factories located inside the coconut plantations, waste from shipping and transportation of the raw materials is drastically reduced. Therefore, diffusion of pollutants into the atmosphere is diminished and the carbon footprint of our product is minimized.
  3. Spillfix has been tested against the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal making it safe for disposal in landfills (although you should always check with local authorities to verify whether or not your local laws contain additional rules to comply with). Also, Spillfix is still usable after its life-cycle has worn out, as the hydrocarbons absorbed after its use can be used as a fuel source in energy producing incinerators.
  4. Spillfix is biologically stable and free of harmful micro-organisms. Because of this, when SpillFix is discarded, it can create a perfect environment for the biodegrading organisms to develop – all while steadily holding onto any material it has absorbed, protecting the environment from any previously absorbed spills. So instead of damaging the environment when disposing of SpillFix, it can actually improve it.


These four features of SpillFix highlight why SpillFix is the best choice for industrial absorbent. It’s non-harmful to the environment when you dispose of it. Producing it doesn’t negatively impact the coconut trees or the environment. And being made from coconut husks means it’s a renewable resource. SpillFix is environmentally responsible and using it will help your business make the step towards being environmentally friendly.

4 Ways Your Business Can Become More Environmentally Responsible

45 years ago on April 22nd, the modern environmental movement was conceived. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, wanted to ignite a passion for conservation in people after the 1969 oil spill in California, which killed thousands of sea-going animals and plants, permanently damaging the area’s aquatic ecosystem. Since then, the Earth Day and green living movements have continued to grow. But in order to maintain that passion for caring for the environment today, it’s important for business owners – not just individual citizens – to take part in efforts to become a little greener. Fortunately, by following these 4 simple tips, you can begin to make your own business more environmentally responsible and help make a positive impact on the world.

1) Start small.

Simple things such as encouraging employees not to run the water while washing their hands or installing timed lights in your business’ building can make a huge environmental difference. As another example, business can also replace paper towels in bathrooms with blow dryers, which will free up storage space that once held large quantities of paper towels while reducing the amount of waste produced in your workspace. Small things like this add up to huge savings not only for your business, but for the environment.

2) Plant trees to offset your business’ carbon footprint.

Trying to boost your business’ green practices and image? Participate in a local tree planting event. In addition to making a positive impression in your area, you’ll possibly make a decent impact on your carbon footprint, as each tree that’s planted can absorb as much as 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide in a year. We recommend partnering up with organizations such as Carbon Fund to offset your carbon emissions. They even provide a calculator to estimate the amount of carbon your business emits into the atmosphere here.

 

3) Offer alternatives.

In addition to taking steps to go green internally, business’ that sell products or services have additional opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment. One thing they can do is offer eco-friendly options, such as bio-diesel, non-toxic paints, and products made with organic materials. Doing so can encourage consumers to choose the environmentally responsible options, and will allow your business to make an even stronger positive impact on the environment.

 

4) Follow the 3 R’s.

Business’ that want to get a little greener should definitely reduce, reuse and recycle at every opportunity. Reusing old materials or scraps in a responsible and safe fashion reduces the amount of things that need to be thrown away at the end of the day. Responsibly disposing of your waste can also significantly diminish your environmental impact; to ensure that you do responsibly dispose of your worksite’s tools, always check national and local safety laws and guidelines to see what the recommended disposal process is. Special services exist to help dispose of more harmful materials; some services, such as Battery Recycling, will even pick up the materials from your site and recycle the parts for future use.


Using these four pieces of advice will go a long way in greenifying your business. Business owners who want to make as positive an impact on the environment as possible should also educate their employees on the benefits of making responsible environment-related decisions. With the right guidance, your employees’ decisions can positively impact not only the environment, but your organization. With 71% of American workers wanting to work for a leader who is environmentally responsible, now is the time to begin working with your employees and making greener business decisions. By doing so, you will see a difference in all aspects of business.

Four Facts You Might Not Know About SpillFix

Browsing through our SpillFix website will show that SpillFix is a natural spill absorbent product made especially with blue collar workers in mind. But there are still a few things about this innovative product you may not be aware of. We want you to know exactly what SpillFix has to offer you and your business, so here are four facts you might not be aware of about our absorbent product.

1. SpillFix Is Made Out Coconuts.

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Image courtesy of pixabay.com

SpillFix is primarily made out of coir, a renewable resource harvested from coconut husks. By creating our product through this process, we’ve reduced our impact on the environment and ensured we’ll always have ways to meet the demands of our customers.

2. SpillFix Is Safe For Worker’s Lungs.

Compared to clay absorbent products, SpillFix is a safer alternative for cleaning workplace spills. Silica dust, a damaging health chemical normally present in clay absorbents, is absent from our product. Because of this, businesses can rest assured knowing spills will be cleaned without the risk of their workers falling ill.

3. SpillFix Saves Your Business Money.

SpillFix takes 85 percent less time and 80 percent less product clean spills. From a business perspective, when workers clean spills faster, that means the company wastes less money on employee downtime. Additionally, because SpillFix doesn’t require you to use as much product for one spill, SpillFix brand absorbent products last a lot longer than other products before you have to purchase a new bag.

4. SpillFix Disposal Is Easy.

If getting rid of used absorbent products stresses you out, we have good news – SpillFix disposal is quick and easy. SpillFix has already been tested to the USEPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course you would always want to check your local standards before disposing in a landfill). You could also burn SpillFix as a fuel source for incinerators if you used to product to clean hydrocarbon spills.

These are just a few reasons to purchase SpillFix absorbent products for your business. It just goes to show that even if you think you know it all, there’s always so much more you can learn about SpillFix.

 

SpillFix: A Spill Absorbent for Every Industry And Trade

Although it’s something we all try to avoid, workplace spills happen to everyone in every industry. Because of this common occurrence, it’s important to keep a spill absorbent product on hand no matter where you work. Our suggestion? Rather than research thousands of industry-specific absorbent products that may or may not work, take the time to invest in SpillFix.

Not only is SpillFix an efficient clean-up product – it’s an all natural absorbent product made from an organic renewable resource: coconut husk. Between it’s excellent clean-up track record and its green properties, it makes a perfect addition to spill kits in a range of industries. Think we’re kidding? Here are 4 industries and trades where SpillFix could really make a difference during your work day.

Manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry, workers handle large parts and machinery regularly. As time goes on, some of the older pieces of equipment could leak substances such as industrial lubricants. Because of this hazard, workers in this industry should always stay vigilant and be prepared to handle workplace spills when working around pieces of machinery. To accomplish this, we recommend that manufacturing staff members go through regular training courses and instruction – as provided by OSHA and company managers – on how to use their spill kits and other office clean-up tools.

Mechanic

For mechanics, the garage is one of the messiest places to be. This trade has a high probability of oil and fuel spills by nature. When employees work with vehicles and carry large buckets of liquid, one accident could lead to a big mess. Proper spill kit maintenance and absorbent product usage is especially important for mechanics – without these tools, entire businesses can quickly go under due to fines and other expenses following a poorly handled spill.

Restaurant

Restaurants, especially in the fast food industry, deal with spills regularly. From everyday water spills to fryer cooking oil, dangerous work spill hazards are always a possibility. However, when restaurants keep SpillFix on hand, they can rest assured knowing that their spill kit’s main tool can quickly absorb many different types of spills and will leave kitchen floors safe for workers.

Paint

Here’s one great place for absorbent products that people probably don’t think of often – the painting industry. When you take the time to consider it, paint spills are pretty commonplace for interior and exterior painters alike. The slick properties of wet paint make cleaning up spills hard to handle for a rag. Worse, paint is designed to stick to whatever it’s applied to; once it’s been spilled, it can be hard to clean it back up. But with SpillFix, spilled paint becomes trapped inside the hollow structure of the absorbent product, making cleaning paint spills quick, efficient and easy for painters. This not only saves the painters time, but ensures that their final job looks perfect upon completion.

At SpillFix, we strive to be the go-to spill absorbent product for every business. So the next time you think to yourself, “SpillFix doesn’t belong in my industry,” we hope you remember these bits of information and give us a try.

 

How SpillFix Protects the Environment While Protecting Workers

Protecting workers from dangerous, accidental spills is our foremost concern. But if we can provide an effective spill absorbent product while taking care of our planet, why shouldn’t we?

That philosophy is why the SpillFix team works so hard to treat our planet with respect while creating our absorbent product. Here’s just a few of the ways we’ve gone green with SpillFix:

  1. We Use Renewable Resources To The Fullest

    Image courtesy of spillfix.com

    Image courtesy of spillfix.com

SpillFix’s base ingredient, coir, is extracted from the hairy husk of the coconut fruit. Our combined production facilities have access to over 18 billion coconut husks annually, spread across three countries. Instead of logging the coconut-producing palm trees completely, harvesters climb the trunks to extract the fruit in the most environmentally stable way possible. No trees are cut down, nor are any pulping or mining processes required to produce SpillFix, making it the most ecologically sustainable absorbent product available.

  1. We Produce A Small Carbon Footprint

For other companies, transporting resources to factories is one of the biggest energy consuming parts of the production process. SpillFix is manufactured right at our factories, which are located within coconut plantations. This means minimal transportation of the raw material (coconut husks) to the processing plant is required. Plus, our environmentally aware production employs low energy processes. Ultimately, reducing both our energy consumption and carbon footprint means less amounts of harmful pollutants are put into our atmosphere.

  1. We Clean Up responsibly From Start To Finish

A key feature of SpillFix is the way that it thoroughly absorb hydrocarbon spills by encapsulating a spill and trapping it inside its hollow channel structure , This same feature is why SpillFix provides a perfect environment for the development of bio-degrading organisms that can oxidize the adsorbed hydrocarbons faster than the biodegradation of the organic SpillFix itself. In fact, SpillFix industrial organic absorbent product has been tested to the US EPA Leachate standards for landfill disposal (of course, you should always check with local disposal regulations as well). The result? SpillFix is not likely to leak any absorbed product into a landfill, making it environmentally friendly even after use.

Going green is more than a trend – it’s a cost-saving, safer alternative for businesses looking to avoid unnecessary messes and fines. The next time you’re shopping to restock your company’s absorbent product,  take a moment to consider SpillFix’s renewable resource makeup, its small carbon producing procedure, and its ability to be disposed of safely. This absorbent truly is the best choice for businesses looking for an effective and environmentally friendly product.

 

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Stop Using Clay Absorbents

There’s no doubt that spills in the workplace should be properly contained and cleaned with a spill absorbent product. However, not all absorbent products are created equally. Clay absorbent products, for example, can do more harm than good in the workplace. That’s why if your company still uses a clay absorbent, you should start thinking about making the switch to a more natural spill absorbent to protect your business, your workers, and your bottom line.

Don’t believe us? There’s five major reasons to consider making this switch today:

1. Clay absorbent products damage the workplace.

Clay absorbents are made of small, rough granules. The sharp, abrasive edges of these granules could cause damage to floors or machinery during cleanup. Because you have to mix clay absorbent products around forcefully to clean spills, the granules sometimes scratch coated floors or sensitive machine parts.

2. Clay absorbent products are hard to lift.

A lot of clay absorbent bags are bulky and weigh about 45 pounds, making the cleanup hard to handle for workers. Not to mention, absorbed liquid in used clay absorbents can add additional pounds. Investing in a lightweight absorbent, like SpillFix, will be easier on your workers’ backs.

3. Clay absorbent products are messy.

The absorption rate of clay products isn’t as good as most people claim. Most of the time, workers end up using the whole bag of absorbent – or close to it – to clean a small spill. Even then, slippery residue can remain on the ground and create a work safety hazard. Non-clay absorbents, such as SpillFix, start absorbing liquids as soon the material touches the spill so you only need to use a small amount of spill absorbent product to get the job done.

4. Clay absorbent products are difficult to dispose.

On top of clay absorbents requiring more sweeping and shoveling time, it is almost impossible to dispose of the used product quickly or efficiently. Unlike other spill absorbent products, used clay absorbents cannot be burned, and therefore must be stored in containers and disposed of via long tedious procedures. When SpillFix is used to clean oil or fuel spills, it can be disposed of easily and even transformed into a fuel source for other machinery.

5. Clay absorbents are a known health risk.

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Image courtesy of commons.wikipedia.org

In addition to all the aforementioned reasons, clay absorbent products can pose a dangerous health risk to workers. The dust associated with clay absorbents contains crystalline silica – a known lung carcinogen. By using clay products, workers put themselves at risk for a number of lung diseases.

 

What should I use instead of clay absorbents?

So if clay absorbents are harmful to workers and the workplace, what kind of absorbent products should you use? Absorbents made from renewable resources are probably your best bet. For example, SpillFix is made from coir, a renewable resource from the coconut husk. Because SpillFix uses this material, it is more lightweight, absorbent, and healthier for workers. Switching absorbent products now will save your business, your employees, and yourself a lot of time and hassle in the future.

 

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