According to Engadget:
You can be as jaded as you like, and trust us we’ve offered our own fair share of cynicism, but let’s put that aside for a moment as we learn that General Motors is pulling in about 100 miles worth of oil-soaking booms, 100,000 pounds worth that would have otherwise gone into landfills, and turning them into stacks of plastic parts that will go under the hood and in the front bumper of the Chevrolet Volt. The booms of course come from the Louisiana coasts, where oil is still being collected despite the US media having collectively forgotten all about it. These 100 miles of booms will provide enough parts to outfit the entire first-year production Volts and, while we’re sure this is as much a PR move as it is a practical or environmental one, we’re going to go ahead and just call it a win-win.
I think it is really neat what has been done here with the power of recycling. It really warms my blood when I see things being utilized to their fullest potential, and even though this may just be another selling point for a salesman in a Chevy dealership, it is a creative solution which assigns the oil booms to one more task before their eventual retirement in a dump. Way to go Chevy engineers!