Do you want to make hair mats?

Making Hair Mats:

How we make hair mats… First, we start with a framework called a scrim. This uses just the longer strands, 3+ inches. Lay them out in the feeding tray before the felting machine and space them evenly. Then start up the felting machine, slowly pushing from the input end while pulling from the output end. This can be just you, but usually is more than one person so that less walking back and forth is involved. One person pushing the scrim forward and one person pulling the scrim at the other end at the same time to balance the felting.

Once the scrim has passed through the felting machine at least once, lay it out on the intake end again. This time, you’ll want to have the borders of the scrim hanging out over the edges of the intake tray – they’ll be folded over the stuffing. Now you can fill it in with shorter fibers, stuff them in evenly and once it’s padded with the shorter fibers, fold the scrim that hangs out over the edges over the stuffing. Run the mat-in-progress through the felting machine again, pushing and pulling. Once it’s through and through, it should be reasonably ready for use.

Background:

In 2010, Matter of Trust initiated a huge mobilization to gather waste fibers and make hair booms for the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Spill. Nineteen warehouses – spread from Florida through Texas – received hair, fur, fleece, and nylons from donors of every zip code in North America and 30 other countries. Thousands of volunteers signed up to make booms and help the Gulf Coast. Many hosted “cut-a-thons,” “shave-a-thons” and “Boom B Qs” to collect donations and stuff nylons. These booms were mostly used in Alabama and Florida. We’d like to thank Amanda Bacon, Yente Sehman, Barbara Johnson, Daisy Suduran, New Orleans Ritz Carlton Salon, Ingrid Setzer, Hanes Inc. Hooters and many more for their help. Visit these links for more information and photos. This is a field that is attracting many skilled professionals and the jobs involved in oil spill remediation via hair mats and booms include hair collection, felting of mats, city oversight and permissions, transportation, and distribution. Hair mats are and can be used in ski resorts, under factory machinery and in auto shops, among other applications.

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Collecting Hair, Fur & Fleece

Matter of Trust established the Clean Wave program to promote large-scale waste fiber recycling.

Making Hair Mats

In 2010, Matter of Trust initiated a huge mobilization to gather waste fibers and make hair booms for the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Spill. Nineteen warehouses – spread from Florida through Texas – received hair, fur, fleece, and nylons from donors of every zip code in North America and 30 other countries.

Storm Drains & End Users (Oil Spills)

In 1999, Lisa Gautier, Matter of Trust founder and President, began a partnership with Phil McCrory, a hair stylist and inventor from Alabama. Years earlier, Phil had been washing an oily head of hair while watching CNN coverage of otters covered in petrol during the famous Exxon Valdez accident…

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There are over 2500 oil spills a year on average.  There are also over 370,000 hair salons in the US and over 200,000 pet groomers. They each cut on average two pounds (one kilo) of hair/fur per day. These fibers can be felted into mats or stuffed into recycled burlap sacks or pantyhose in order to make environmentally…

Why this matters?

Our goal is to divert fibers from the waste stream, sort them into useful stockpiles, create replicable, sustainable green jobs, and manufacture renewable material products that clean our waterways.

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