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BBC – Why do hairdressers love their jobs?

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

The great anthropologist & author of Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, Emma Tarlo, dives into the myriad ways hair is used after it leaves your head, including our hair mats! Give it a listen to also get a glimpse into the difference in the cost of a haircut in different parts of the world and […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pet fur & packing peanuts? 7 things you didn’t know you could recycle!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

If there’s any downside to recycling, it’s this: Many of the ideas feel, well, pretty recycled by now. Newspapers, cans and bottles, your Dad’s “classic” joke as he’s about to carve the Thanksgiving turkey … Who among us isn’t totally familiar with the haul-‘em-out-so-they-can-be-reused-again-and-again routine? Crayons are just one of many common items you might not have […]

Your Hair Can Save the Planet Because of Its Oil Collecting Properties

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Man-made surplus and renewable resources are turned into ecologically-sound, oil-absorbing products Posted on February 25, 2016 in Charity Spotlight // 0 Comments Non-toxic Hair Mats soak up oil and provide a natural and effective alternative to traditional man-made oil-absorbing products. PHOTO: shmooth / http://bit.ly/1WuVoNy Around a pound of hair is cut in each of the United States’ roughly 370,000 hair salons […]

Stylist with an absorbing mission

Posted on Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Guilderland salon owner sends hair she cuts to soak up Gulf Coast oil They used to get tossed in the trash: brunette curls, clippings from a bang trim, the remnants of someone’s new bob. Now, Kristen Gaffney, the owner of Pure Elements an Organic Salon in Guilderland, boxes them up and sends them out with […]

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