Matter of Trust Org in San Francisco USA, a non profit environmental group, is appealing to hair saloons, dog groomers, wool farmers and other places where hair, fur, materials like clippings, and waste wool can be obtained to donate same to assist with the clean up of the Gulf oil spill.

The above video explains the process and is a great example of useful recycling.

Imagine, dogs’ hair being made into mats to clean the beaches, as these mats can absorb the oil like a sponge, larger mats can be used in the ocean and be towed by boats to soak up the oil, along with hair brooms.

Phil McCrory, a hair stylist from Alabama is credited with the idea of using hair to help with oil spills and his idea developed after watching television coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Hair absorbs oil so the dogs like Akitas which shed and other breeds like Bouviers, Poodles, and Schnauzers which get hair cuts, can once their owners participate, donate the hair which would normally be thrown out in the garbage to a cause which will help save marine life and birds that are native to the Gulf Coast area. And this will help mankind as well as in some places which are affected by the spill, the livilihood of people is also affected.

It will be interesting to see further videos of how effective this part of the campaign is with dealing with the massive oil spill. Oil has already been washing ashore in Louisanna and it is predicted to be in the Alabama and Florida coastal shores in the next few days.

Of course, authorities are trying to stop the leak but it may still take months before it is fully contained.

Barbados, and other Caribbean islands depend very heavily on tourism and like the rest of the world, emphasis should be placed on protecting and preserving our environment.

Oil spills are just one more disaster which the world has to combact to protect its environment.

And it is nice to see that “garbage” as in hair and fur from animals may be of help. 🙂

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