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GM to Use Recycled Oil Spill Cleanup Materials in New Cars

Posted By Cameron Scott On September 24, 2010 @ 2:51 pm In Environment,Innovation,Recycled Materials,Recycling | No Comments

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If you’re in the market for a GM car [2], you may soon be sitting among recycled Gulf oil spill [3] materials. With partner GDC, GM is cleaning and recycling the infamous absorbent booms [4] from the Gulf and will begin turning them into air dams, water deflectors and other passive car parts as soon as next week. Booms absorb oil but repel water — a property that comes in handy for parts that shouldn’t get wet.

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The Detroit automaker has its share of financial woes, but its aggressive recycling and reuse program has generated $2.5 billion in revenue since 2007. GM recycles 90 percent of the waste generated at its 140-some production facilities. Almost half the facilities send nothing at all to landfills.

Credit where credit is due, this is a pretty great idea — assuming the toxic oil spill gunk [3] is thoroughly removed before you plant your precious derrière in your pristine new car.

+ General Motors [6]

Via Greentech [7]

Photos © GM

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/24/gm-to-use-recycled-oil-spill-cleanup-materials-in-new-cars/oil-containment-boom/

[2] GM car: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/02/chevy-announces-it-will-increase-volt-production-by-50-in-2012/

[3] Gulf oil spill: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/07/bp-continues-to-pollute-local-landfills-with-oil-spill-waste/

[4] infamous absorbent booms: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/03/bp-refuses-to-use-donated-hair-mats-to-clean-up-oil-spill/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/24/gm-to-use-recycled-oil-spill-cleanup-materials-in-new-cars/gmwarrenrecycling03/

[6] + General Motors: http://www.gm.com/vehicles/?seo=goo_|_GMBP_Retention_|_GM.com_General_|_General_Motors_HV_|_general_motors

[7] Greentech: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/gulf-disaster-equipment-becomes-car-parts/

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