What can absorb oil while in water?

Oil will adhere to many surfaces. Many natural materials such as straw, grass, coconut husks, wood chips and mats made of hair will absorb oil. I have included links to some of the manufacturers of commercial sponges and chemical products.

These links may be more promotional than factual, as I don't believe there is any product that will absorb only oil. There are many materials that will have an oil preference.

When a small spill occurs in calm water, particularly a harbor, lake or river, use of containment booms and absorbing material may be effective. Also, absorbents can be effective for soaking up land spills.

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