Oily Hair- It’s a Good Thing: A Revolutionary Addition to the Clean-Up Efforts for the Gulf Shore Oil Spill
Petco, a national chain of 1,000 pet supply and grooming stores, vowed to continue its daily donations of 1 ton of pet hair from its grooming operations to further the oil-spill cleanup efforts along the Gulf coast.
Petco has partnered with “The Matter of Trust”, an eco-focused non-profit group out of San Francisco, in making hair booms to absorb the wayward oil floating towards the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines. Pet and human hair fibers are naturally oliolific (oil-loving) – thus the need for regular shampooing. The Matter of Trust volunteers create the booms by stuffing recycled nylons with the hair, floating them in the water allowing the oil-loving hair to absorb some of the mess, then rinsing and reusing the boom up to 100 times.
After the booms have reached their absorption capacity, the hair fibers are then digested by worm farms to create compost- an entirely “green” process. While the whole process does have a little bit of the ick factor, this resourceful, productive, and cost-effective cleanup method has EPA officials very interested.
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