After doing their job absorbing leaked oil, dirty oil booms typically go to the their graves in the landfill, where they languish for eternity. But, as GreenTech Media reports, that doesn't have to be the case. In a triumphant PR move, General Motors has found a way to intervene in the cycle, by making use of oil booms from the Gulf for passive car parts like air dams and water deflectors. According to John Bradburn of GM's Global Environmental Programs department, "As early as next week, [GM] will be making parts out of the absorbent booms from the Gulf." That is some admirably green thinking for one of the biggest auto manufacturers around. Other Fortune 500 firms should take notes.
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