May 29, 2010

Save Those Hair Clippings!



Calling all salons, groomers, wool & alpaca fleece farmers, hairy individuals, & pet owners to sign up to donate hair, fur, fleece, feathers… A huge International Natural Fiber Recycling mobilization is currently taking place…**

     I read a blurb in a local paper that reported hair was being collected to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.*It led me to the Matter of Trust website, ** where, sure enough, hair, human and animal, is being used to make Boom B Qs— tubes (booms) made from recycled nylons stuffed with hair fibers and covered with mesh, then tied together to surround and contain a spill.*

     Matter of Trust claims to have nineteen donated warehouse in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, where they store hair donations from across the United States, Canada and beyond.

     Thousands of volunteers have signed up to have Bar B Qs or parties known as Stocking Stuffers.

     Inventor and stylist Phil McCrory is quoted, on the Matter of Trust website, as saying: “You shampoo, because hair collects oil. Hair is very efficient at gathering oil, skin oils off your face, oil pollution out of the air, and water, even petroleum oil spills. Hair is adsorbant (as in “clings to” unlike absorbant which is to “soak up. There are over 370,000 hair salons in the US and each collects about 1 pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream, but it should all be made into hairmats (hair fibers woven into mats).”

     Hairmats “are extremely efficient for drip pans during oil changes or under leaky cars, machinery, pipelines, even as booms for storm drains.” They make a great fertilizer, having a slow nitrogen and karetin protein release; preventing weed growth and snail infestation, and reducing water evaporation up to 50%.

     Once the hairmats have been used to clean up an oil spill, they can re-recycled into fertilizer following a detoxification process and worm treatment.

     Last year over 2,600 oil spills occurred in the world. They weren’t all are high profile, but most had an impact on the environment.


     Most of the above information was drawn from the Matter of Trust website. My friend, Fred, from Alabama, called me as I wrote this post. He told me that he was familiar with the use of hair to mop up oil spills—although he had yet to hear the term “Boom B Q.” Boom B Qs and hairmats are a very creative means of using an item which would normally fill landfills.

     During the Gulf Oil crisis, I have not heard of Boom B Qs being used. Those among the readers of this post, if you know if and where they have been used, please let me know in the comment box below.

     And might I make the following suggestion: those of you who have hair to cut, unless it is long enough to donate it to Locks of Love (a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis****) or other wig-makers who supply cancer patients (search the Internet: donating hair for wigs for cancer patients), bag it up and send it to Matters of Trust (website below), and/or suggest that your salon and dog grooming business do the same with the cuttings from their business.

     Oh, yes. Don’t forget to donate to them your nylon hosiery, needed to make the Boom B Qs.


*Greensburg Tribune-Review, May 21, 2010






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  1. hi,
    This is a great posting about topic “SAVE THOSE HAIR CLIPPINGS!DON’T THROW THEM IN THE GARBAGE”
    and the site is also good for human hair wigs.
    Thanks and keep on blog posting.

    Comment by Alex — May 31, 2010 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  2. Hi everyone

    This is very informative blog & the site is also good for take care of hair.

    Comment by kaylee — September 1, 2010 @ 9:29 am | Reply

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