Clean Wave Media Gallery

Welcome! Here you will find all photos, videos, and other forms of digital media documenting
the hair mat manufacturing process, important relief work we’ve been part of, and all the other ins and outs of the
Clean Wave program.

Journalists are our heroes! All of our outreach has come from the press and word of mouth. Feel free to contact us.
If you are from the media and need any of our photos or videos, please cite or if the image has been donated to us,
cite the name noted in the lower right corner. Thank you!

To visually experience our other Matter of Trust programs, please visit our main Media Gallery.

Hair Mats for Routine Usage

What are hair mats used for besides emergency oil spills? A lot! Our hair mats and booms are urban water warriors, filtering and cleaning water in cities, airports, truck stops, and more. They can live inside and around storm drains, under heavy machinery, or can even be used as a towel.
Preventing soil erosion and protecting natural habitats through sandbagging are two more skills the hair mats and booms have added to their repertoires.
Hair mats’ abilities and versatility shine through their routine usage.
(Scroll through the photos to see more!)

Our Eco-Hub Model Factory

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Eco-Hub is where Matter of Trust’s hair mat manufacturing operation lives!
Started in 2017, the Eco-Hub is a model factory site to manufacture hair mats and hold exhibits on clean air, water, energy,
and ideal materials.
We have manufactured many hair mats with the help of countless volunteers that have been sent around the world for
research and water cleaning purposes.

Global Oil Spills

This gallery is home to the more recent global oil spills Matter of Trust has supported. The most recent spill we sent hair mats to was the Mauritius spill in the summer of 2020. 

COSCO Busan Oil Spill | San Francisco

In 2007, the cargo ship named Cosco Busan accidentally hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of Bunker C fuel into the water. Matter of Trust’s team along with hundreds of volunteers were immediately on the scene with hair mats and booms, helping soak up the excess oil.
The used hair mats were then part of a revolutionary composting project in the Presidio. (Check out our History page to learn more!)

BP Oil Spill | Gulf Coast

Like the Cosco Busan, the BP Oil Spill of the Gulf Coast was a major emergency in 2010. Matter of Trust was able to gather fiber donations throughout the world – sending 19 factories in the US to work. There was an amazing amount of volunteers who worked
with us to create and ship hair mats and booms down to Florida and Alabama, and help clean the water of the Gulf.


We love our Çlean Wave partners. Ranging from charities to large government organizations, we collaborate on interesting research and testing prospects, receive generous hair donations, and more. Current partners include NASA, SFO International Airport, St Baldricks, Hair We Share, the US Air Force, and more.


Our Clean Wave program videos showing the history and mission of the program, the origin of the hair mat idea, how to conduct your own oil and hair experiments, and more.

To see more videos around oil spills or other videos made by Matter of Trust, check out our Youtube channels.



Our organization would not be where it is today if not for the press and word of mouth. We are honored to be part of this environmental community and share our story with others through photos, videos, and other digital media. Thank you to all of the journalists and volunteers who have spread the word throughout the years! Press got the word out to donators and hair mat users

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