A student is trying to change the way the world views environmental cleansing, especially of seas and oceans affected by oil spills.
At the age of 23, Raegan Reeves created a non-toxic synthetic product, which is recyclable, biodegradable, soluble in water and removes 90% of the oil in the animals' bodies.
All the tests carried out had very positive results and the student is now looking for support to manufacture and distribute the solvent on a large scale.
Raegan is a student of chemical engineering at NC State University in North Carolina, United States. The project was created with the support of one of Raegan's professors, Robert Troxler.
The student shows the positive effect of the product, mainly with the feathers of different birds, which are the species that suffer the most when affected by the oil. In all cases, the solvent eliminated 90% of the substance in the first application.
Today the product used for cleaning animals is the common dish detergent, which does not have such satisfactory effects.
In addition to having toxic chemical components and a small percentage of oil, the detergent can only remove 35% of the oil trapped in the animals' bodies.
The large-scale manufacture of such a product is of great value. The solvent manages to clean oil bird feathers faster, more efficiently and much more sustainably for wildlife and the environment.
According to Reagan, the product significantly improves the survival rates of animals suffering oil spills.