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Still Using Clay??

Clay absorbent is a misnomer. Clay adsorbs liquid on the surface, so it is defined as an adsorbent. Not absorbent as some would have you believe. This mode of action promotes shedding of free liquid into the environment. This causes a concern to those in the waste handling and regulatory segments of the industry. Nature’s Broom encapsulates the spill and does not let it leach into the environment.

The Environmental Costs of Using Clay

  • To manufacture a bag of clay, strip mining is the method used to obtain the raw material. Wildlife habitat is destroyed. Bulldozers, track hoes and trucks consume large amounts of fossil fuels during mining. 

  • Significant amounts of fossil fuels are required to operate the kilns to dry the clay. Workers are monitored for lung damage from clay airborne silica. (Read more on crystaline silica.)

  • Warning labels are on the clay bag for consumer silica exposure as well.    * In an estimated 400 million dollar absorbent market, over 160 twenty ton trucks are dumped into landfills to dispose of the clay each day!

What Does OSHA Say About Silicia?

Exposure to fine particles of silicia have been shown to cause silicosis, a serious and sometimes fatal lung disease. Employees at construction sites may be exposed to silicia dust during general housekeeping activities such as sweeping, emptying vacuum cleaners, and using compressed air for cleaning. 

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