Photos of oil-soaked birds in the gulf have circled the internet and struck a cord with many people who see them. One of those people is Ben Busby-Collins, the CEO of Ballard Organics.
Photo of heavily oiled Brown Pelicans at Grand Isle, Louisiana on June 3 courtesy International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Earlier this week, Busby-Collins made a few calls to BP to offer their All-Purpose Concentrated Liquid Soap to help clean the birds and animals swimming in the crude. Once he found the right person to talk to, he said he was happy with the reception he got. “They said that it was good I was calling regarding a product and not a service I was trying to provide,” Busby-Collins tells us, “I guess they’ve been receiving a lot of calls about services but not many regarding products that could work for the relief effort.”
Ballard Organics can offer 17,000 gallons of the soap each month to BP for the cleanup efforts, Busby-Collins says, some of which would be donated to the cause. “Our liquid soaps have worked very well on cats and dogs, babies and adults,” he tells us, “Our soaps are milder than commercial petroleum based detergents such as Dawn.”
Busby-Collins is still in talks with BP about the company using the local product. “Wish me luck! Hopefully they’ll be cleaning off those animals with Ballard Organics soaps.” (Disclosure: Ballard Organics is a sponsor of MyBallard.)