Do you ever wonder where your hair goes after you get it cut? The answer is probably “the trash.” But in some cases, it may end up with Matter of Trust, an environmental charity based in San Francisco that turns donated hair into mats used to soak up oil spills on land and at sea.

What Matter of Trust Does

Usually, oil spills on land are cleaned up using mats made of polypropylene, a non-biodegradable plastic; as CNN reports, these mats get thrown into a landfill after one use. Hair, of course, is environmentally friendly (since it comes from your head) and renewable (again, grows on your head), and it can soak up about five times its weight in oil, according to Matter of Trust. CONTINUE READING…

Jalopnik, May 19th, 2022