Your Hair or Pet’s Fur Soaking up Oil

May 26th, 2010

There’s a simple thing you can do to help with oil spill cleanup. Donate your hair for the Gulf Spill Hair Boom Project! Well, not all of it, of course, but save those extra locks the next time you get a trim. If you work at a salon or pet grooming business, you can set aside a box for this.

Your hair or pet’s fur, collected from grooming, can be used to make hair booms and hair mats. Matter of Trust is organizing a massive effort to collect these items which are amazingly good at soaking up oil. Just watch the video below to see how well hair and fur soak up oil.

Here’s exactly what Matter of Trust uses for their hair booms and hair mats: head hair, fur, wool, fleece, feathers and nylons. And they’re also in need of funding.

What’s a hair boom? Fibers like hair, feathers or fur are stuffed into recycled nylons and covered in mesh to make a hair boom. Hair mats are woven from the donated materials when possible. Both of these items may be used to soak up oil from spills.

While Matter of Trust has a bunch of hair on hand at the moment, they’re asking that new sign-ups keep a box in reserve for future use as their warehouses are cleared. However, they do need nylons and funding right now to help with putting all the hair they have to use. Get all the details on how to sort out your donations and sign up for this innovative program.

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