Hair Mats & Oil SpilLs

Cleaning our waterways with diverted waste fibers

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Collecting Hair, Fur and Fleece

Matter of Trust established the Clean Wave program to promote large-scale waste fiber recycling. Using clippings of hair from salons, fur from pet groomers, fleece and feathers from farmers, and even laundry lint, we produce felted recycled fiber mats. These go to public works departments for use in storm drains. We also coordinate with emergency…

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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…

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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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Research

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…