What is DissOil



DissOil is made from 100% organic ingredients that come from natural, unthreatened and plentiful sources. One is an absorbent (BEC) that absorbs and contains oil spills. The other one is an active substance (FADE) that “eats up” or dissolves the oil into harmless fragments.


The absorbent, BEC (Black Expanded Cork) makes sure that once the oil is absorbed it does not harm plant or animal life. It withstands pressure equivalent to a 90 kg person standing on oil saturated DissOil for 15 minutes without leaking oil. This means for example that sea birds can walk on top of oil saturated DissOil without getting contaminated.


The active substance, FADE (Fast Acting Digesting Enzymes) is also a natural product. This makes DissOil 100% natural, organic and carbon dioxide neutral. FADE acts as biochemical scissors that cut macromolecules of oil into fragments, it basically cuts up the structure of oil into small harmless fragments. Read more at: How it works. This process takes 1 to 4 weeks at ambient temperatures above freezing point. Read more about how fast DissOil breaks down oils and fuels at: How Effective


The absorbent is made from 100% natural cork. The cork used is a reject from other cork production (mainly wine cork production) and is of such quality that it cannot be used for manufacturing of high-quality cork products.


1 gram of cork contains up to 1 billion tiny cells. When treated at high temperature and pressure the cells burst, like popcorn, and form a combined area larger than a soccer field (about 2 acres). In the process the cork granules turn black and the basic oil absorbent is therefore call BEC, Black Expanded Cork. This extremely large surface area is the reason why BEC is such an efficient absorbent.


BEC is certified by USEPA (USA), DEKRA (Germany) and CEDRE (France), Baseefa and FSC as an oil absorbent.

BEC - Black Expanded Cork

Picture of BEC (Black Expanded Cork)



Cork is a natural resource and is harvested from cork trees (Quercus Suber) that grow in south of Europe and north of Afrika. The product cork is actually the bark of the tree and is harvested every ninth year from trees that are from 25 years to 250 years old. This mean that the tree is not cut down when the bark is removed, the tree recovers from the removal of the bark and is ready for harvest in another nine years.


Wine corks are produced from cork bark. It is simply punched out from the bark resulting in unique corks with a wide variety in quality. The remaining cork still has some value because it can be ground into granules of different quality. The best quality cork granule can be used when manufacturing compressed cork product such as pressed wine corks or trivets.


Cork of lower quality is virtually useless and is considered waste – this is what we use to make BEC and DissOil.