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Ice Cream Ingredient Can Clean Up Oil Spills?

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There is an ingredient in many foods like peanut butter, ice cream and non-stick cooking sprays called lecithin.

It is made from plants' cell walls, so it's natural, and can be used as an oil dispersant that's safer and more effective than the current petroleum-based products usually used.

The best part about using lecithin?

Animals can literally just shake off the oil! No scrubbing crews needed!

A researcher said:

"Use of current dispersants is like choosing the lesser of two evils—you can let the oil sit on the surface of water and impact wildlife, or you can use the dispersant to put it into the water column, where it can come into contact with undersea life it would have never come into contact with otherwise. We didn't want to add to the problem, so we used ingredients that are all food safe."

Their more natural dispersant breaks up oil, but keeps it afloat, so crews can just come in and scoop it up.

And any wildlife that gets in the way won't be stuck with a new black coat.

Best of luck with the new dispersant, let's hope you never have to use it.

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