X-TEX: New Material May Become Environmental Protection Super Star

Oil spills can cause huge environmental damage. But even more subtle polution, the kind that happens when storm water drains into the ground, especially near parking lots and other places with oil and other chemicals, can do major damage.

That’s why X-TEX is so exciting! It’s going to be a major player in the environmental protection products area. It’s a natural for high quality storm water filters, for example.


What is X-TEX?

It’s a lipophilic material, i.e., it attracts and absorbs oil. It’s environmentally friendly from the get-go since it’s made out of recycled synthetic fibers. Basically, those fibers are shaped into a lightweight mesh-like fiber mass that has an enormous surface area along with plenty of interstitial spaces where the oil can go. With this combination of features, X-TEX has outstanding absorbent qualities. And that’s what makes it such a great filter material.

Since it attracts oil but repels water, it is highly effective in removing oils and other hydrocarbons from water. It can absorb not only petroleum, but also animal and vegetable oils.

Not only that, but it is also ideal as a filtration medium for a variety of applications. Because of its huge surface area and its interstitial spaces, it can filter out and absorb a great amount of the targeted substances.

But what about cost? Isn’t such a miracle substance awfully expensive? It doesn’t feel right to discuss cost in view of the potential cost of environmental pollution. But not to worry — X-TEX is actually quite cost-effective.

Considering that X-TEX can filter and absorb about 20 times its own weight of hydrocarbons, it is actually quite cost effective, especially when compared to some of the more traditional filtering media.

And even better — between 85% and 90% of the absorbed oils can be reclaimed, which allows the media to be reused. This makes it environmentally friendly in a way that traditional absorbents are not.

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