Thursday, May 6, 2010

Oil Spill: Your Hair and Old Nylons Can Help

Don't send your hair! BP's not using oil booms made from hair.

You can make a difference in saving the Gulf Coast hit by the Deep Horizon/BP oil spill. Send your hair and old nylons in or get your beautician and barber to send in their customers' discarded. Any hair and any nylons will do when it comes to making oil containment booms to absorb the oil heading toward our wetlands. As the guy says in a California salon video, think about it. Hair clogs up drains in homes around the nation. It collects stuff, even oil.
NEW ORLEANS – Over 50 salons and about 20 dog groomers have agreed to donate their unwanted hair or fur to make some unusual tools to help soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico that is coming from the massive oil leak.

The hair and fur will be stuffed into donated nylon stockings in order to create an absorbent boom that can be placed out at sea.

A California-based non-profit group called “A Matter of Trust” actually started the project well before the oil spill.

Ironically, Daisye Suduran, a New Orleans spa director, got involved six months ago, and through her efforts her workplace is now the main collection site for the Gulf Coast. (WWL TV)
Although the pictures from WWL show only pet fur and straight human hair, according to the website for A Matter of Trust, all types of hair are welcomed to make boom.
Anyone and Everyone: salons, groomers, individuals can sign up to donate hair and fur clippings and nylons for our Oil Spill Booms. Our Excess Access program sign up is FREE, fast and helps us to coordinate the masses of donations.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO DONATE HAIR / FUR / NYLONS and get a delivery address emailed. Warehouses are small, so we're not posting on the web, we're orchestrating how much goes where all along the Coast.

Thousands of pounds of hair and nylons are coming in by UPS and FED EX from every State in the US and from Canada, Brazil, France, UK... Booms are being made all along the Gulf Coast near beaches and marshes. What a community feeling! We all get it. We shampoo because hair collects oil! More Info
You have to sign up and give a real address to donate your hair or nylons, but once you do, follow these instructions.

WDSU reports that people in Colorado have joined this effort passionately. A salon in California gave free haircuts for one day to help collect hair for the booms.

The video from Matter of Trust was posted to YouTube, April 2. The rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew up April 20.

Bottom line: Please donate some of yourself to save our wetlands and wildlife.

1 comment:

Deb said...

Interesting. I'm here with you around the bend in Tallahassee, my Gulf sister, worrying and looking for solutions.