For many years, wool has been used to create oil-absorbent products that can clean a variety of spills more effectively than its synthetic counterparts. In tests done in the mid-1990's, it was found that wool can absorb 10 to 30 times its weight in oil while repelling water.
Wool clean-up products are made of low-grade wool that comes from bellies, tags, or overall lower quality fleeces, giving producers more value for their wool clip.
Source: Sheep Industry News, July 2010.
Matter of Trust is a charity that accepts donations of wool, hair, fur, and other fibers for ecological projects, such as the oil spill in the Gulf.