Mother Nature doesn’t make waste, only opportunities. We just need to pay attention to her clues. She’s concerned that humans are a species that spill oil in dangerously large amounts. Humans clearly needed an extra hint on how to clean it up. So, Mother Nature has been dangling oily hair in front of our eyes for generations and finally a hairstylist got the right idea! Although we collect other natural fibers (feathers, dog fur, wool), human hair has been tested to be the most effective.

“You shampoo your hair because it gets greasy. Hair is very efficient at collecting oil out of the air, off surfaces like your skin and out of the water, even petroleum oil. Hair is adsorbant (as in “clings to” unlike absorbant which is to “soak up.”) There are over 300,000 hair salons in the US and each collects about 1 pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream, but it should all be made into hairmats.” Phil McCrory – hair mat inventor and hair stylist.

 

Oil Spill Facts

Joyces Choices

What Can I (my kid, my classroom, scout troop…) Do to Help The Clean Wave Program?

How to set up a classroom demonstration

How To Do A Classroom Fake Oil Spill Demo

Teacher/Student Oil Spill Clean Up Handout

YouTube on How Hair Collects Oil

YouTube on How To Make A Boom

YouTube on Hair Boom Soaks Up Oil

Cosco Busan and BP Horizon Oil Spills Photo galleries


Date: 2015-09-16


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