Hair and pantyhose: Newest bandage for BP oil spill?
We're not talking about prom, this is an interesting proposition for cleaning up the Gulf Coast.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:21
As news breaks that the Gulf oil spill may be much worst than originally projected, scientists are scrambling for solutions. By far the most interesting proposition I have come across is that of stockings stuffed with hair and fur. According to a recent Yahoo! News article, Matter of Trust charity is collecting hair and animal fur from salons, and used women's stockings that will be used to make a giant mat to soak up the oil. The U.S. Army Corps is in on the action, finishing the construction of the mats and making about a mile of "hair boom" a day. Apparently, the idea, credited to Alabaman hair dresser Phil McCrory, came from seeing sea otters covered in oil during the Exxon Valdez spill. He figured if their hair soaked up oil, then other hair must, too! I personally find it so refreshing to see a little creativity in the face of tragedy and really appreciate that the average person can make a tangible donation to the cause. I might even treat myself to an unexpected haircut this weekend! If you'd like to find out what salons/groomers are donating or donate yourself contact Matter of Trust Organization.