How it works

DissOil is Nature’s own method for breaking down oil spill (biodegradation) – the only difference is that the natural process takes years compared to weeks. In other words, we have only boosted Nature’s own way of dealing with oil spill. Read more about how fast DissOil breaks down oils and fuels at: How Effective

DissOil - How it works

DissOil - Interview with co-founder Johan de Faire

DissOil works in three steps, see description below:




  • DissOil absorbs oil spills within seconds to minutes
  • Absorbs about 10 times its own weight
  • Does not absorb water
  • Floats on water even when saturated with oil
  • Saturated DissOil does not bleed up to 40° C
  • Saturated DissOil does not bleed at high pressure (equivalent to a 90 kg person standing on it for 15 minutes)



  • Enzymatic breaking down is activated by moisture, i.e. dew and rain
  • Absorbed oils are broken down into harmless residues
  • Active temperature range is 0°- 40°C
  • Enzymes “hibernate” below freezing point – re-activated once above freezing point
  • Breaks down absorbed oils in 1 to 3 weeks at ambient temperatures above freezing point



  • Once the oil is broken down the enzymes are de-activated
  • Remaining absorbent, cork, is a natural material
  • DissOil is free from chemicals and other additives
  • DissOil is made from 100% natural and organic materials from abundant sources
  • Only rejects from manufacturing of other products are used
  • DissOil is carbon dioxide neutral


  • Good and beneficial microbes from soil, i.e. non-GMO, are mixed with cork – DissOil


  • Oils are absorbed by DissOil and the breaking-down process is activated by water (moisture from soil, dew and rain are catalysts)


  • Once activated the microbes excrete a cascade of enzymes that break down oils, i.e. hydrocarbon chains, into harmless fragments, carbon dioxide, water and heat.


  • Enzymes are “biochemical scissors” that cut chemical bonds of macromolecules into fragments.
Cut apart hydro-carbon

Hydro carbon chain is cut into

smaller fragments by DissOil