Ballard Organics offers soap to clean oily birds

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.)

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Sig
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Sig

Great local twist to a national disaster. Hope to read how well this works out.

Sarah
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Sarah

I think I love my ballard organics soap even more now!

ecw
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ecw

If this happens, and you can set up a paypal so we can pay for the donation, I would be all over that. Thank you ballard organics….

snoopy
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snoopy

I am confused why anyone would donate anything to BP? They can and should pay for everything that is used to clean this mess up.

Plasticbags
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Plasticbags

Because their goal isn’t to be right, it’s to save animals. If BP isn’t going to do the right thing, should we let animals die for the sake of being right?

Tiny Bubbles
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Tiny Bubbles

Great idea and would much rather see them saving animals with this nice organic product than with more chemicals. Good thinking Ballard Organics

Dog-Mum
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Dog-Mum

I commend Ballard Organics for taking action but according to the following Der Spiegel article it’s pretty hopeless, the birds in the picture are dead birds whether cleaned or not. I am certainly not trying to rain on BO’s parade but I feel that unless we know the real impact none of us will change if we think this can be washed away. Speaking the Unspeakable From Der Spiegel, May 6, 2010 A biologist says that efforts to clean oildrenched birds in the Gulf of Mexico are in vain. For the birds’ sake, it would be faster and less painful if animal-rescue workers put them down, she says. Studies and other experts back her up. “Kill, don’t clean,” is the recommendation of a German animal biologist, who this week said that massive efforts to clean oil-soaked birds in Gulf of Mexico won’t do much to stop a near certain and painful death for the creatures. Despite the short-term success in cleaning the birds and releasing them back into the wild, few, if any, have a chance of surviving, says Silvia Gaus, a biologist at a national park along the North Sea. “According to serious studies, the middle-term survival rate of… Read more »

Carole
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Carole

I’m impressed, Ben, with your efforts of trying to be part of the solution. I would be happy to donate for that part of it if BP accepts your offer.

snoopy
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snoopy

BP will pay you for the soap!!! sell it to them! dont give it away for free.

Jon
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Jon

@Dog-Mum,

Pretty grim reality. Unfortunate, but true. Regardless, that won’t stop people from trying, because they don’t know what else to do.

I think we should be looking at this oil disaster as a greater incentive to donate to and fund alternative fuel research. Tons of animals are going to die from this, regardless of the cleaning efforts. Until we lose our unquenchable thirst for oil, disasters like this will continue to destroy this world.

Also, some reports came out that BP’s carelessness (bad orders, sent to the workers) and greed (time is money, no time for safety) is what caused the explosion. Way to go, BP.

sharpei
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sharpei

Sounds like disaster profiteering to me.

Brian
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Brian

If one bird is saved from cleaning thousands of them, then it is 100% worth the effort. I don’t understand why it is acceptable in our society to say “kill, don’t clean.” We don’t just kill people because there is only a small chance that they will survive!

Unfortunately, I’m betting that Dawn will fight against any other company helping, because they want to use this as a marketing ploy.

acorniv
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acorniv

I love organics for nearly everything, However, research has proven Dawn to be by far the best think for this. I rehab and foster a range of species and only clean with Dawn.

There is a protocol for dealing with shock. Hydrate, then, feed, and only then clean. I always give Bach Flower Renedies too. I swear by these and have never lost anything to shock.