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Recycling Hair? Why Not!

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/24 at 12:00 PM

As far out as it may sound, there are some excellent and innovative uses for human hair cuttings. Phil McCrory, a hair stylist from Alabama, was washing a client’s hair while watching coverage on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He noticed the fur on the Alaskan otters completely soaked with oil, but the water around them was clean. He began testing how much oil he could collect with the hair clipping from his salon. He discovered that one pound of hair could soak up one quart of oil. Making a mat out of hair allowed the hair to be reused. Since then, Hair Mats have been employed to clean up various hazardous oil spills. Matter of Trust collects the hair from salons and uses it for their Oil Spill Hair Mats.

Visit Planet Green for a video clip about these innovative Hair Mats.

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