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Salons offer oil spill help

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Instead of throwing hair clippings in the trash, Family Hair Quarters Owner/Operator Lisa White has found a unique way to recycle them and help protect the environment. [Order this photo]
A low-tech solution to the massive oil spill in Gulf Coast might be a hair cut away.

Lying on the floors of beauty salons, barbershops and pet grooming boutiques is a naturally absorbent, environmentally sound and in ample supply.

Human -- and animal hair -- once stuffed inside cut off legs of nylon pantyhose can apparently be used by clean up crews at oil spills like a paper towel.

"I learned about another hairstylist involved in the program when a couple of my customers -- Stephen and Sandy Brattain -- brought me a news story about it," Family Hair Quarters Owner/ Hairstylist Lisa White recently told The Brazil Times about getting involved with "Matter of Trust," a San Francisco-based non-profit organization. "Who would have thought about something like this actually working? I know I wouldn't have. Hair cuttings have always been thrown away, but now they have a use. I want to be a part of that."

White contacted the fellow hairstylist in the news story, Misty Edwards, to learn more.

"She was so nice and helpful," White said about agreeing to become a collection/donation center for others wanting to participate in the program. "I'm happy to be involved in something like this."

Due to the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast, there is a long wait for official registration through Matter of Trust. However, White and Edwards, who has her official registration in place, have agreed to work together.

"My goal is to collect 100 pounds of hair to ship to her salon," White said. "Then, she will ship it to Matter of Trust to be made into the hair booms. I hope the other hair salons in the area want to participate and set their own goals."

White said her life philosophy is to help someone in need in any way (you are) personally able or capable of doing.

"I'm not a worldly person. I'm not computer savvy. I wouldn't have known about this if it weren't for the Brattains, or the story about Misty," White said. "I've been a hairstylist for over 25 years. There's not a whole lot I personally can do to change the world, but this is something I can do to help. I hope others will feel the same way."

White is willing to accept donations of clean hair (human or animal) or feathers at her shop located at 116 South Franklin St., Brazil. To make arrangements for drop-off, contact White at 448-3020.

To learn more about Matter of Trust, log on to www.matteroftrust.org.

What is a 'hair boom?'

Founded in 1998, the San Francisco-based non-profit organization "Matter of Trust" has been collecting hair to make hair booms to help oil spill clean up throughout the world.

The method is simple.

Donations of any length of clean, human and animal hair/feathers are collected, stuffed into the legs of pantyhose and used to soak up and/or contain oil spills.

The company also makes hair mats, which are similar to a giant absorbent SOS pad.

The one-pound booms, or mats, can potentially absorb one quart of oil and be recycled and used more than 100 times before disposal.

The idea was initially used in 1989, when the Exxon Valdez hit the Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled approximately 10.8 million gallons of oil.

It was the largest oil spill in United States history and an ecological disaster.

To learn more about Matter of Trust, log on to www.matteroftrust.org.

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This is a fantastic idea and I sure wish all of the salons would do that. All of the help they can get to stop this oil spill disaster headed towards the coast is much needed.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, May 20, 2010, at 9:58 AM

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