HeiQ and its partners TWE and BST have developed an oil-absorbing, water-repelling, nonwoven fabric for oil relief efforts called Oilguard. The product is intended for beach protection against oil spills and is applied to the shoreline. The Oilguard fabric is up to 6 yards wide and several hundred yards long and uses selective absorption technologies. This allows for the fabric to absorb crude oil yet repelling the seawater.

Responsible for Oilguard is a small group of leading European textile companies. When the oil spill disaster struck the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the group decided to leverage on HeiQ