Matter of Trust, Hair Salons, and an Oil Spill

As you may or may not have heard, a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.  This has, of course, wreaked havoc on maritime flora and fauna. One organization, Matter of Trust, took matters into their own hands through its Hair for Oil Spills program.  Apparently, hair is the most efficient natural material for absorbing oil.  And, since so many hair salons, groomers, wool farmers, and individuals throw their hair away everyday, Matter of Trust decided to step in, cut out the waste, and re-use it as a sponge for cleaning up oil spills.

According to Matter of Trust, “the fibers are stuffed into recycled nylons and covered in mesh to make booms [containers for oil and debris] or, when possible, woven into hair mats” to soak up the spill.  They’ve reported donations from every corner of the U.S. as well as from Australia, Turkey, Canada, the U.K., France, Spain, Germany and Brazil.  Today alone they’ve received 3,166 commitments!