Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Soaking Up Oil Spills One Hair at a Time

Did you ever think your hair could help save the environment after a destructive oil spill? Phil McCrory, a stylist from Alabama sure did! After viewing CNN coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, he began testing how much oil he could collect with the excess hair from his salon. After discovering hair’s ability to efficiently and abundantly collect and contain petroleum spills, he invented the “Hairmat”.

Matter of Trust, an ecological public charity that concentrates on manmade surplus, natural surplus and eco-education, picked up the invention and created a national effort to collect hair. Once word spread, thousands of salons started mailing their clippings in to help create oil spill hair mats. Salons collect an average of one pound of hair a day, which can be used to clean and contain spills. Stylists are excited, and have been extremely supportive of the program. They sweep up their clippings, put them in bags; and donate them.

So the next time you go to your favorite salon to have your hair cut, colored, shaved, dreaded, layered, or thinned make sure to ask your stylist where he takes your hair?

Visit to find out how you can donate hair.

*Information and picture from Matter of Trust

No comments:

Post a Comment

Don't worry! Your comment will appear shortly.