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.

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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.

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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.

Five Ways To Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

A huge trend in the marketplace right now is finding ways to make your business more environmentally friendly. By working to save the environment, your organization can help our planet thrive while gaining a new customer base in the process. Thankfully, “Going Green” doesn’t always have to mean spending a lot of your precious time making major changes to your business. There are plenty of little, effective changes that a business can make in order to become more eco-friendly. Here are just five things that will make your headquarters, policies and more a little greener:

1. Switch Your Lighting – Is your company still using incandescent bulbs for light fixtures? Now’s the time to make a switch. By installing fluorescent lighting, you could reduce the amount of electricity you’re using in your facility. Plus, fluorescent bulbs last up to seven times longer than the incandescent lighting choices. After making the switch, your company could do more than help save  the environment – it could also save on its electric and utilities bill.

2. Do A Power Sweep – At the end of the day, the last thing you probably want to do is a final sweep of your building. However, if you’re trying to conserve electricity, checking all the electronics and tools during a final sweep of the building will help make your facilities more eco-friendly. Before you leave for the day, go back over your workspace to make sure your computer is turned off and all your equipment is powered down for the day. It may take an extra few minutes to power up in the morning, but the planet and your electricity bill with thank you.

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3. Add Recycling Bins – One of the best ways to help the environment is to reduce, reuse, and recycle old materials. So, instead of tossing empty water bottles or old soda cans after a lunch break, proactively place recycling bins around the area. Encouraging your employees to recycle can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and will conserve other natural resources used to make new plastics and other products.

4. Encourage Carpooling – Creating a carpooling program at your office can also help protect the environment. With fewer cars on the road, lower amounts of greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere. For those who carpool, management could offer perks such as preferred parking or extra PTO (paid time off).

5. Use Eco-Friendly Products – Business owners should also be double checking company products to make sure the product choices are up to environmentally friendly standards. For example, SpillFix natural absorbent products are environmentally safe to use when cleaning up all kinds of fuel spills. This product can also be used many times before throwing away or being burned for additional fuel. Investing in better tools just as SpillFix will go a long way in “greenifying” your business.

Overall, changing some of your business’ policies and product  to environmentally friendly alternatives can aid in a lot of your organization’s goals. Remember, it’s not just about working to save the planet; becoming eco-friendly can inspire new customers to visit your business and save you money in the long run.

How To Make Sure Your Spill Cleaning Products Are Truly Green

Is your company using truly green, eco-friendly cleaning products to keep its shop or offices clean or to pick up liquid spills?

As concerns about pollution and dwindling natural resources rise, more and more 21st century citizens are attempting to go green, and want businesses to do the same. As a result business owners have responded by adopting more green policies.

Simultaneously, to meet the demands of business owners or individuals who want to be less wasteful and more conscious of their cleaning methods, we’ve seen the invention of new lines of ‘green’ products, meant to be just as effective while causing less harm to the Earth and to workers alike. Sadly, more often than not a green product is not truly green with many products not meeting their advertised eco-friendly claims.

How does this happen? For starters, many green products’ ingredients include dangerous chemicals as part of their composition which can be inhaled or can linger in an office and  harm a person’s health. Another common problem is that a green product may not properly absorb the mess it was supposed to clean. Consequently when the product and the mess are dumped into landfills (often illegally), both the green product and the original mess can leak toxic chemicals into the surrounding soil. This is especially true of industrial waste, where absorbent products are often used to clean up after fuel spills, acid spills, chemical spills, oil and lubricant spills.

Does this mean we should give up on finding safe, green products? Not at all. The good news is that not every green product includes dangerous chemicals, and plenty are actually made from recycled or, even better, renewable resources. For example, SpillFix, an organic absorbent product meant to help tackle everything from oil to paint to lubricant and fuel spills, is made not from chemicals, but from naturally occurring coconut husks. (Yes, coconut husks!) SpillFix is a truly green product> It’s made from a renewable resource and it thoroughly absorbs the mess it cleans/SpillFix also prevents any toxic chemicals that it may have picked up from leaking back into the landfills it’s dumped into. pasted image 1000x625

However, for every truly green product sold today, there are many that don’t meet the criteria of a green product, and yet are sold under the green label. The solution to this problem? Vote with our wallets.

Whether they’re looking for office or industrial spill-strength cleaning products to keep their building or distributor warehouse running, both individuals and companies can show companies they want a greener product market simply by buying greener products. A little research can quickly reveal what to and what not to buy. One of the great resources you can use to learn what meets today’s green standards includes the EPA’s Database for Environmental Information for Products and Services. It also only takes a few moments to Google the ingredients of a product.

With so much information made so easily available to us, we can surely take the time to make sure that the product we buy won’t do more harm than good if its used. In this case, what we buy really can make a difference!

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