DoD Sustainable Products Center

Biobased Sorbents

Demonstration OverviewTeam of soldiers talking around a truck.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation Hazardous Minimization and Green Products Branch and the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) demonstrated biobased sorbents at Department of Defense Installations.

Biobased sorbents have been designated for Federal procurement preference by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program. The BioPreferred Program defines sorbents as

"Materials formulated for use in the cleanup and automotive, industrial, or kitchen soils and oils, including grease, paint, and other coatings, from hard surfaces."

The BioPreferred Program established a minimum biobased content of 89 percent for biobased sorbents.

Before these green and biobased products are utilized by the Military Departments and Department of Defense (DoD) Components, their performance must be proven to meet DoD requirements. The objective of this demonstration was to evaluate the effectiveness of biobased sorbents as replacements for non-green sorbent products currently being used at DoD installations. The demonstration of biobased sorbent products allows DoD end-users to determine, through firsthand experience, if the products meet their requirements for use.

Sorbents products are available in numerous sizes and configurations including loose granular or pelletized material, pads, pillows, socks, booms, and barrel covers. Sorbent products may be selective in the materials that are absorbed (oil-only, water only, etc.) or they may be non-selective and absorb all liquids.


Demonstration Products

The following biobased products were demonstrated.

Table of Demonstration Products


Demonstration Sites

Field demonstrations of these products were performed at the following DoD installations to evaluate their performance in Military operational environments and to raise awareness in the availability of these products.

  • Fort Bragg
  • Fort Meade
  • Fort Jackson
  • U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii (USAG-HI)
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH)
  • Joint Base Charleston (JBC)
  • Yakama Training Center (YTC)
  • Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor (NBKB)
  • Naval Hospital Beaufort
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twenty Nine Palms
  • Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton
  • Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton
  • Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island
  • Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) Bridgeport
  • South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG)


Demonstration DetailsGroup of people.

Sorbent products were selected from list of products above based on each installation’s requirements. Installation personnel were provided a supply of sorbent products and were asked to provide feedback on the product performance. The maintenance activities within the participating installations found the biobased sorbents to be acceptable alternatives to their currently used petroleum based products. The results of the demonstrations illustrated that the biobased sorbents demonstrated work as well or better than the current baseline products. In addition, the biobased products can be more cost-effective than the baseline products depending on the amount of product used. The use of biobased sorbents reduces the amount of waste generated at facilities. In addition, the biobased sorbents reduce the health risks associated with silica-based sorbents.


Demonstration Product National Stock Numbers

Table of Demonstration Product National Stock Numbers


Demonstration Contact Information
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