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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 11:37 AM
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5. I agree, and donate the hair



Oil Spill: Donating Pet and Human Hair to Help
May 8, 2010 5:07 pm


If youve been keeping tabs on the catastrophic (an adjective I feel like Ive been having to use far too often lately) Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, youve probably been wondering how exactly you can help. Well, for those of you with furry, four-legged flatmates, it can be as easy as sweeping the floors and collecting all that errant fur and hair.

So how exactly can hoarding pet fur help with cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in recent memory? Enter Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based nonprofit thats been accepting donations of non-filthy pet fur and human hair since 1998 to craft oil-absorbing hairmats described as flat square dreadlocks and hair-stuffed containment booms made from recycled pantyhose. These hairy contraptions are effective at soaking-up oil and they dont require any new resources just stuff youd normally trash (or compost) unless youre into, umm, stockpiling fur.

I must say, sending along fur to Matter of Trust via Excess Access is an eco-ideal spring cleaning mission for folks with critters around the house. In addition to pet owners, groomers and salon owners can get involved too by sending in bulk shipments of hair/fur. In fact, as of today, 400,000 pounds of hair was en route to the Gulf Coast.

Head on over to Matter of Trust for instructions on how you, and Mr. Bojangles the beagle, can help out.

http://matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html
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