ADsorb-it® News & Information

June 2011
Gulf Filtering: Eco-Tec ADsorb-it Filtration Fabric
Lost in the many depressing stories about the devastation of the Gulf of Mexico is one bright highlight: the use of a unique fabric product that had singular success in mopping up slicks before they could foul shorelines and wetlands. by Chris Leyerle - PERSPECTIVES in CLEANTECH June 2011.

July 24, 2010
US NEWS Oil Spill
A worker inspects X-TEX fencing along the marsh in Hancock County... A worker checks X-TEX fencing in front of marsh along Cambell Outside Bayou...
McClatchy-Tribune Information Service

July 12, 2010
XTex used to fight oil

Oil has a new foe in St Tammany Parish. It's called XTex and is being installed now to stop oil from hitting...
WBRZ News 2, Baton Rouge, LA

July 11, 2010
Crews install experimental new oil barrier in parts of Lake Borgne

June 28, 2010
Local Man's Invention Uses Polyester To Cleanup BP Oil Spill
Darren Dedo, Q13 Fox News

June 15, 2010
Washington companies, state offering help Gulf clean-up
KING5 News

June 15, 2010
Obama accuses BP of recklessness in TV address
KING5 News (Eco-Tec Adsorb-it products are mentioned at the end of the video)

June 14, 2010
Is There a Better Way to Clean Up Oil Spills? State Companies Think So
Kitsap Sun

July 3, 2007
Adsorb-it Wins National Energy Globe Award for Sustainability
Letter of congratulations from Norm Dicks, US Congress

June 2007
Eco-Tec, Inc. Wins Energy Globe Award
Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County


Fuel Depot Wins Environmental Award using ADsorb-it Products

FY 2006 Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award
Environmental Quality-Industrial Installation
FISC Puget Sound, Manchester Fuel Department

The Manchester Fuel Department (MFD) of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound (FISCPS) is the largest CONUS underground fuel storage facility, storing product in 44 bulk fuel tanks (33 Underground Storage Tanks and 11 Aboveground Storage Tanks) on 234 acres.

US Navy oil water separator using Adsorb-it for final water polish

"We continually develop facilities to prevent releases to the surrounding environment. During fiscal years 2005/2006, we developed an innovative protocol for determining where potential fuel leaks could originate. The resulting treatment system incorporated an innovative cloth filter and separator system that reduces the velocity of incoming storm water and allows more complete treatment when used in conjunction with the existing oil water separators."
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Environmental mitigation trade 'booming'
Rocky Bay company deals in 'green' technology

Michael Colello / of the Gateway
06/20/07 11:42:00

Standing at his workbench, Herb Pearse swishes a jar full of tap water spiked with motor oil. Pouring the copper-toned concoction through a gray fabric filter, he nods assuredly as clear water collects at the bottom of the jar. It’s a pretty simple concept, Pearse admits, but one with the potential to greatly benefit the environment.

Pearse is president of Eco-Tec, Inc., a Key Peninsula-based company that designs environmentally friendly water decontamination products using a specially designed fiber.

“It’s made from waste,” Pearse said. “It’s re-usable and ultimately it’s a fuel source: it doesn’t get much ‘greener’ than that.”

The material in question — the same used in Pearse’s experiment with the tainted tap water — is marketed under the name “ADsorb-it.”

Invented by Issaquah resident Jerry Brownstein, the so-called “X-Tex” fiber can reportedly remove oil and oil-borne contaminants from water without impeding water flow.

Unlike conventional booms and polypropelene sheets — standard issue in most oil spill response arsenals — the fabric can also remove oil sheen from the water, Pearse said.

A specially treated version of the fabric can also be used to kill bacteria, fungus, mold and algae.

Constructed of select recycled fibers, the grayish-purple fabric resembles automotive upholstery underlining. Eco-Tec promotional materials say the fabric can be used for everything from spill response and oil recovery to storm water filtration, ditch liners and shoreline protection.

The fabric can be re-used and can hold up to 40 times its weight in oil. The oil can be extracted via a ringer or centrifuge or, once completely saturated, can be burnt as fuel.

At the company’s Rocky Bay headquarters, Pearse and Mary Peacock, Eco-Tec vice president of design and manufacture, have crafted a line of “Adsorb-it” products, including booms and shore guards, among others.

Not to be confused with absorb, “adsorb” means contaminants adsorb to the surface of the fibers, allowing it to be reused and oils to be reclaimed.

Competing against larger companies, Pearse and Peacock say business has taken some time to get off the ground. Designing and promoting the products is a full-time job.

Due to confidentiality agreements, they are reluctant to name individual clients — Pearse did name the Port of Seattle — but the company’s client list includes a number of ports, military installations and marinas.

Pearse noted that the company does more business with out-of-state clients than within Washington.

A longtime designer of everything from clothes and shoes to industrial products, Peacock said the company “was in the red up until this year.”

But business could be picking up.

Earlier this year, Eco-Tec won a prestigious Energy Globe Award jointly with X-Tex fabric inventor Jerry Brownstein. Pearse and Peacock say the material is far more effective and ecologically friendly than standard booms and polypropelene materials — still the standard in environmental cleanup.

Worse, polypropelene is “virgin” material, not recycled. It can’t be used again, and it can’t remove oil sheen, which is often left by oil recovery operations to saturate the water.

Eco-Tec was started by Pearse in the mid-1980s as an environmental mitigation service. Since 2003, though, Pearse and Peacock have focused exclusively on the Adsorb-it line.

“People tend to make cleaning up the environment complicated,” Pearse said. “It’s not.”

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