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Can Hair Save Our Oceans?

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A nonprofit has an innovative solution for cleaning up oil spills. BY SUSANNAH COHEN Due to its unique structure, one-pound of hair can soak up one-liter of oil in just one minute. (Art: Hannah E. Buckman) Greasy hair, don’t care? Next time you’re agonizing about whether you can eke out your blowout for one more […]

How your split ends can help clean oil spills

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Hair isn’t just for top knots; it can protect the ocean too. By Gina Barton Jul 13, 2018, 9:30am EDT SHARE The prevalent methods to clean up oil spills rely on synthetic materials and dangerous chemicals. But there is a natural, environmentally sustainable alternative: human hair. Hair is hydrophobic and biosorbent, which means it repels […]

Human Hair Extensions Are Being Matted Together To Clean Up Oil Spills

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

“Hair is a renewable resource growing right in front of our eyes.” By Sara Spary It’s an unlikely ending for something as glamorous as hair extensions or as mundane as the clippings from a hairdresser’s floor, but tonnes of human hair are being swept up and knitted together to soak up oil spills from our oceans. […]

Comparative effectiveness of natural by-products and synthetic sorbents in T oil spill booms

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Abstract Sorbent booms are considered a ‘first line of defence’ technology used for containing and minimizing the impacts of crude oil spills. Booms containing human hair waste as sorbent were compared to other natural sorbents, including cotton by-product, recycled cellulose, as well as booms containing synthetic polypropylene, in order to evaluate their effectiveness in adsorbing […]

National Geographic – Janvier 2018

Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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Renewable Ingenuity

Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 Caroline welcomes Lisa Gautier, as we animate the Rising Renaissance of Reverent Ingenuity, we concentrate on what we do want: the upcoming People’s Climate Summit in San Francisco*, Matter of trust’s hair and fur project for cleaning up diesel oils spills, Global compost project, heartening global work on clean energy, clean water, […]

Hair Can Be Used to Clean Up Oil Spills – Interview with Lisa Craig Gautier

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

by Murali N. Krishnaswamy Lisa Craig Gautier, talks about the use of human hair in oil spill management. MatterOfTrust.org, an ecological public charity established in 1998, concentrates on finding uses for naturally abundant renewable resources. It also runs the ‘Clean Wave program’, which is its ‘hair, fur, fleece and fibre for oil spills’ project. In […]

Nonprofit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills Hopes New Facility In San Francisco Will Be Model For Others

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

By Garvin Thomas Watch the video here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/—Non-Profit-Using-Hair-To-Help-Clean-Up-Oil-Spills-Hopes-New-Facility-In-San-Francisco-Will-Be-Model-For-Others-407238015.html?t=2 Spend enough time in San Francisco and you begin to think there’s nothing that could happen on the streets of this famously unconventional city that could surprise you. Then a tractor-trailer pulls up on Howard Street and begins to unload box after box of, well, we will allow […]

Using Human Hair (and animal fur) to Clean Oil Spills – April 2013

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Hair/Fur As Cheap and Effective Oil Slick Cleanup With the oil spill Gulf of Mexico threatening the ecology, people worldwide are watching wishing they could help. Perhaps they don’t realize just how much they can. Human hair and animal fur can be used to help clean up the oil and stop its spread. That’s right […]

Guy Donated His Hipster Beard To Help Soak Up Future Oil Spills

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Shaving a longtime beard can be a total buzzkill. But when it came time for Scott Boback to get rid of the facial hair that took 20 months to grow, he made the most of it by donating it to a good cause. DICKINSONCOLLEGEScott Boback pictured with his beard. Boback, an associate professor […]

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