The process by which the used oil booms became parts for the Chevrolet Volt (Image: GM)
Shredded and densified boom material, post-consumer plastic, and recycled tires are all going into the new Volt components (Photo: GM)
During the course of this year’s Gulf Oil Spill, a lot of media attention was paid to the oil booms used to contain and/or absorb the surface slick. While a small percentage of the sausage-shaped tubes of netting were stuffed with unusual materials such as hair, most of them contained oil-absorbent polypropylene. Now that the Deep Horizon well has been capped, the question of what to do with all that oily plastic arises. It turns out that some of it will find its way into Chevrolet Volts.
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