Clean Wave Global Hub Partners

Welcome! This page showcases Matter of Trust’s many Clean Wave program partners around the world.

Huge thanks to all of these wonderful Eco-Heroes!

Matter of Trust’s Flagship Hub in San Francisco, CA.

Matter of Trust’s team over Zoom.

Matter of Trust Flagship Hub

Matter of Trust was established in 1998, founder Lisa Gautier partnered with hair mat inventor Phil McCrory in 2000. We have been growing his idea and running The Clean Wave Program ever since. Networking with salons, groomers, ranchers, felters, researchers and supporting hubs all over the world in order to keep pollutants out of waterways!

Matter of Trust’s volunteers laying out filler.

Kevin R. filling hair mat with animal fibers in Florida, US.

Matter of Trust Florida

Kevin’s felting hub is very close to Tyndall Air Force Base. He is also part of TheHumSum.org moderator team and works on  The Clean Wave Program – Matter of Trust website pages.

Oklahoma Mini Mill – Oklahoma, US

We own Oklahoma Mini Mill and are in the business of processing all types of animal and plant fibers into roving and batts for fiber artists. We have a wet felting machine (made by Belfast Mini Mills) and are familiar with needle felting, although we don’t have a machine for that. We have the space for a needle felt machine, and would like to discuss how we can add your projects to our business model.

Look at that batt!

Happy fiber donor.

Husky Halfway House – Oklahoma, US

Jen’s focus is on the rescue, evaluation, socialization, and rehoming of huskies who are stuck in shelters, at risk of being abused, or end up in homes that are not ready/ equipped for such a high maintenance breed.  Dogs are then integrated into the pack, socialized in small groups and cared for in a pack leadership based family, then adopted into loving homes.  There is also a groomer on site and all the fur from these huskies goes to good use in Clean Wave mats! 

Matter of Trust Chile

Mattia, Beto and the team at Matter of Trust Chile have taken the mission of Linking Surplus with Needs to great heights! Making hair mats for oil spills, maintain moisture in the soil of desertic areas, and wall insulation, they’ve also invented Limay, a cleaner made from citrus food waste. Next, they built kiosks using recycled scooter batteries and installed them in phone charging kiosks on a main tourist pier in Providencia, Santiago.

Matter of Trust Chile featured in local newspaper!

The hair mat felting machine in Wales, UK.

Green Wave, Wales, UK

An independent and sustainability driven hair workshop based in Pembrokeshire.

We are a hair salon and we are manufacturing sustainable oil spill recovery mats made of hair clippings from salons, individuals and animal fur.

Salon Sustainability, Hampshire, UK

Salon Sustainability is a salon waste recycling company that repurposes salon recycling waste into reusable materials and products. 

Salon Sustainability uses salon hair clippings collected from salons and fur from dog groomers to make Hair Mats, which help soak up oil spills in the ocean and stop oil from spreading further and affecting wildlife. Contact us for more information. 

Salon Sustainability logo.

Barbers in front of barber shop.

OS Barbers – London, UK

  • Barber
  • Felting hub 
  • Website: https://osbarbers.co.uk
  • Post fiber donations through www.TheHumSum.org

My name’s Joe, I’m one of the owners at OS Barbers. We’ve recently made a pledge to become a fully sustainable company by 2022. 

Papirec – SA, Switzerland

A Swiss group specializing in waste recycling and recovery. One of their activities is the collection and recovery of hair: RECUP’HAIR. With this in mind, they are looking for ways to give a second life to hair.

Nearly finished hair mat emerging from the felting machine.

Hana running scrim through felting machine.

Matter of Trust Tokyo, Japan

Nana and Hana work together on making hair mats in Tokyo, Japan.

Hiukka Hyva – Finland

Miila is a Helsinki, Finland based ecological hair salon owner. For some time she has been researching hair waste and hair mats.
Especially for cleaning oil spills in the Baltic Sea.

Finland shows off finished hairmats!

Clean up crew.

Octop’us – France

Lola plans to do training to create hair mats for a depollution campaign that will happen in her city and also in Germany. 

Restia – Greece

Dimitrios and Chrysa are Greek hairdressers situated in Athens. Greece is surrounded by water and beautiful, unique beaches. They would like to use hair from their salons should accidents that threaten the environment occur.

Dimitrios doing oil spill demo.

City of Glasgow College buillding.

City of Glasgow College – Glasgow, Scotland

Alison is now working on an enterprise and research project in the use of recycling human hair to produce hair mats and hair booms. She wants to raise awareness of how amazing hair is as a substance in agricultural use and pollutants.

Client tries on new wig.

Cabelegria – Brazil

Cabelegria, a Brazilian non-profit organization, receives hair donations, turns them into wigs and donates them to children and women diagnosed with diseases that cause hair loss.
In 2022, the project Fiotrar will start, which aims to produce hair mats for oil removal, as well as develop a filter system prototype which uses hair as a filtering media to remove oils and heavy metals from wastewater.

Dung Dung – Belgium

dung dung offers solutions and develops waste recovery projects as part of the circular economy. With the Hair Recycle project, we are dealing with the problems of oil pollution in waterways in Belgium.

Machine arrived in Belgium.

Max Rieswick with client.

Rieswick – Germany

The Rieswick and Partner GmbH is a family owned wigmaking company in 5th generation.
We are specialized in wigmaking for medical cases like cancer or alopecia areata.
Our Workmaterial is mostly human hair and we need for making wigs lenghts from 25cm or longer. Thats the reason why we have a lot of shorter hair we can not use for our wig production.
After a long search for a sensible use of these short hair we found Matter of Trust and the Clean Wave program.
We are thankful for this partnership and looking forward to help a lot with our work and our mats

ScissorTail – Norman, Oklahoma

Scissor-Tail Yarn & Fiber Mill is a small fiber processing mill located in Norman, Oklahoma.  We process fiber from all types of fiber producing animals, including alpacas and llamas, sheep, dogs, angora bunnies, angora goats, and any others you can think of.  We can make batts, roving, various weights and plys of yarn, and core spun yarn.  We have a wet felter on-site now and are very familiar with needle felting, but don’t currently have the machine.  We are fervent supporters of animal rescues, environmental causes, and sustainability.  Matter of Trust’s mission fits in perfectly with our goals.

 

Friendly alpacas

Megan observing student perform adsorbtion experiment.

Dr. Megan Murray, The Phyto Lab, UTS –

Sydney, AU

FeltCrafts – New Mexico, US

Feltcrafts is dedicated to providing felt artists and crafters with professional-grade needle and felting machines and wet felting machines.

Feltcrafts’ needle felting machine.

Terre de Couleur Plant based Organic Hair Color Range

Terre de Couleur

  • Advisors
  • Development

Terre de Couleur has developed and marketed the first French range of 100natural and organic hair care and hair color productsOur formulas based on unique biotechnology are efficient, focused on care, healthbeauty and wellbeing.

Green Circle Salons – Canada

Created by beauty industry leaders, our award-winning program empowers salons to recover up to 95% of their beauty waste. That includes previously unrecoverable materials and hard-to-recycle items like hair clippings, foils, excess hair color, aerosol cans, and color tubes.

Salon hair collection pile.

Salon hair collection.

Coiffeurs Justes – France

Artisan Coiffeur depuis 32 ans, je connais parfaitement les enjeux de notre métier et notre impact sur l’environnement. Aujourd’hui plus que jamais, nous devons prendre conscience que chaque action peut changer le monde de demain.
Depuis 2015, nous travaillons à la sensibilisation de toute une profession au recyclage des cheveux.

Glam Seamless – US

Glam is sending Matter of Trust their recycled hair extensions which would otherwise go into landfill.

Hair extensions applied by hair stylist.

Young donor.

Little Princess Trust -UK

The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

San Francisco Department of Environment

  • End user
  • Pilot study

Matter of Trust is a city vendor for San Francisco  and has placed hair mats in used motor oil sites with San Francisco Department of Environment. Other organizations involved are: Port of SF, SF Rec and Park, Harbor Master’s Office, SF Fire Dept, City Yachts. 

San Francisco’s used motor oil recycling site.

Prince holding up sample hair mat.

Air Force Civil Engineering Center

Inlet Guard – Texas, US

  • End user
  • Pilot study
  • Inlet Guard Storm Drain Maintenance Pilot Report

InletGuard makes storm drain cages. A successful pilot study in Garland, Texas, led to more cities using them.

North Richland Hills storm drain installation.

David N. fulfilling order.

Nobis Group – New Hampshire, US

Founded in 1988, Nobis Group is an integrated consulting firm providing engineering and environmental solutions for public and private projects of all sizes. We are committed to solving the challenges of making the Earth a better place to live – community by community, and project by project.

Emma Tarlo – London, UK

Emma Tarlo is a professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She regularly gives public lectures worldwide and contributes to BBC Radio programmes and news articles. Her previous books include Clothing Matters, winner of the 1998 Coomaraswamy Prize, and Visibly Muslim.

Entanglement Book Cover.

Visitors at exhibit.

University of London – London, UK

Hair! Human Stories is a pop up exhibition which explores the extraordinary qualities and uses of human hair – our original fibre.

Pyramid Project – Bangkok, Thailand

Human hair is a complex matrix of different records of toxicity contained within the human body as a consequence of one’s living environment.
Follicle is an event and a pavilion that invites Bangkok’s inhabitants to take part in a collective effort to map toxicity in the city through people. 

Fol(i)cle installtion in Bangkok, Thailand.

Felters preparing hair mat for exhibition.

Horniman Museum – London, UK

The Horniman Museum is having an exhibiton on Hair in October 2021

Design Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Critical Tide exhibition will open at the Design Museum’s Gallery. It brings together projects and works that explore the sea and the potential for positive impact through design. Critical Tide will combine research, activism and community engagement within the exhibition space.

Rapunzel displayed at the Design Museum in Helsinki.

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For those looking for more information on the hair mat felting process, how to develop a satellite factory into a business, or how Matter of Trust’s Clean Wave Program came to be and it’s current mission, below you will find all that you need.

To experience additional resources, please check out our Clean Wave Research and Resources page.

 

WHY THIS MATTERS?

Satellite factories greatly decrease the process’s carbon footprint and create new sustainable jobs. There are so many benefits to making hair mats – through your own operation or volunteering at an existing one. You are promoting local green business 
and engaging with your community on sustainable solutions to global problems!

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