Environment: Antipollution Pillows

Chicken feathers prove capable of soaking up oil spills

Dead water birds, their gooey bodies strewed along a filthy shore. It is a sadly familiar scene in the wake of a major oil spill. For one man, however, the sight evoked more curiosity than pathos. After viewing photos of the 1967 Torrey Canyon grounding off the Cornish coast, Al Crotti, an American international lawyer based in London, had a novel idea: "If feathers attracting the oil are part of the problem, why can't feathers be part of the solution?" Why not indeed? Now being added to the arsenal of weapons for fighting...

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