How can I donate hair / fur / fleece?

Calling all hairstylists, pet groomers, farmers, or novice hair cutters! Do you have extra hair with no place to go but the trash?
Through our charity, you can donate your excess hair, fur, and/or fleece to soak up major oil spills and help keep
stormdrains and waterways clean.

To donate hair, please see sign up info below on our quick, free, spam-free, private platform, The Hum Sum for humanity adding solutions.

How to donate hair video

How to donate fur video

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To learn more, spread the word, and full hair donation instructions, please reference the informational flyers below
or check out our FAQ page.

Matter of Trust’s resident hair stylist, Lisa Pomo.

Volunteers use Matter of Trust hair mats to clean up Ocean Beach in San Francisco after the Cosco Busan oil spill of 2007. 

How can I donate hair?

1) Log in or Sign up on our very fast, free, spam free, private platform for Humanity Adding Solutions.
2) Click Donate a Gift/Hair 
3) To get a mailing address, once you have an account on either fill out the donation details online or email us your at with your HumSum login email.
4) We will send you a delivery address within a few days, along with a
tax-deductible receipt.

We direct donations to multiple addresses based on need, distance, and
available space.

Currently, we are accepting waste fiber donations from everywhere (100% debris-free, any length). There’s always a need for ponytails that are 3 inches or longer.
We also have this database of donors so we can reach out during emergency oil spills (we never spam, sell or share this list – it’s a Matter of Trust), so thank you
for signing up!

Having a clear high-profile box for long hair donations is great for your salon’s PR.

The HUMSUM! Not only our donation tracking system, but a platform where we explore other sustainable solutions!

Why do I have to sign up for the HUM SUM?

Our organization receives a lot of hair, and each of our warehouses can house only so many donations. We try to always find the closest warehouse to you that has available space to limit the donation process’s carbon footprint. We also honor our mission of making sure no fiber donations are ever returned to the sender.

This would not be possible without the HUMSUM –  our system for tracking and recording all warehouses and donations, past present, and future!

Why do we collect hair, fur, and fleece?

You shampoo because hair collects oil.

Hair is proven to be both an effective and sustainable way to soak up major oil spills and help keep storm drains and waterways clean. In recent years, we have discovered our hair mats are good for more than just the water – they also help with soil erosion and protect natural habitats.

To learn more about the countless ways your hair is beneficial to the natural world, check out our Research + Resources page.

Media reporters please feel free to use any images or video. Please credit or if you see another name to credit that we have put on the image, kindly use that.

We are very grateful to you heroes for sending this message out far and wide.  We know you are the captive audience of your stylist when you’re getting your hair done. If they have a great story to tell, you can hear it and spread it!

Press contact: +1-415-235-2403

Fresh box of fur donations!

Hair Donation Flyers 

Hair donations flyer: printable version

Fur donations flyer: printable version

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