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Hair Boom: Giving Clippings New Life (Solution to Oil Slick)
NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, May 3, 2010 | CHRISTIE SMITH

Posted on 05/03/2010 10:21:13 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Clippings turned into booms to absorb oil

Hair stylists work hard to keep their floors clear of hair clippings, and certainly no one wants it in the sink. The's just downright gross, not to mention bad for the pipes. But a non-profit group in San Francisco is making hair a friend to the environment.

Apparently, during the nasty Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a stylist down south was watching the coverage of animals covered in oil and had an "ah-ha" moment. He realized hair is absorbent as he had a client in the shampoo bowl. That gave birth to the hair mat. Fast foward to a group called Matter of Trust in San Francisco. Lisa Gautier says they are collecting hair from salons and individuals -- even animal fur -- to make absorbant boom to send to areas affected by the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Matter of Trust helped out shortly after the Cosco Busan spill in the Bay Area in 2007. Much of that bunker fuel washed up on Bay Area beaches and crews used the hair creations almost like a paper towel.

The hair mats are about the size of a small door mat with the feel of an SOS pad. Right now, giant boxes of hair donations are landing in San Francisco from places like Illinois and even as far away as Australia. It doesn't even have to be your own. Gautier says that hair extensions made from real hair work great too.

If you would like to donate some clippings, check out www.matteroftrust.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: exxonvaldez; hair; oilspill

1 posted on 05/03/2010 10:21:13 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I guess sitting around waiting for hair to grow is better than nothing.


2 posted on 05/03/2010 10:23:48 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: nickcarraway

Hair raising in its simplicity.


3 posted on 05/03/2010 10:25:15 AM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: nickcarraway

Rice and wheat hulls does the same thing and there is a whole lot more of it.


4 posted on 05/03/2010 10:25:26 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: nickcarraway
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5 posted on 05/03/2010 10:26:52 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: nickcarraway

Strange question:

So if crime was committed at the joint that collects the hair, would DNA eveidence still be of any use?

Know what I mean?

Imagine how many people’s DNA must be there.


6 posted on 05/03/2010 10:29:42 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: nickcarraway

See there, Hippies? You are PART OF THE PROBLEM!


7 posted on 05/03/2010 10:32:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

The excess fur from my two cats ought to pretty well take care of the shorelines of Louisiana and Mississippi . . .


8 posted on 05/03/2010 10:36:26 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: nickcarraway

How ‘bout we dump shredded New York Times and WaPo papers on the oil slick? Plus a few thousand other traditional bird cage liners.


9 posted on 05/03/2010 10:38:22 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Joe Biden must've been the one to come up with this combover solution...


10 posted on 05/03/2010 10:39:18 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Pessimist

Or what if someone drops that DNA “evidence” at the scene of another crime?

DNA evidence should be used to add evidence TO a case, not build up the first round of suspects.


11 posted on 05/03/2010 10:40:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m a bit skeptical, but oil hair them out.


12 posted on 05/03/2010 11:23:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I can see November from my house!")
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To: nickcarraway
...during the nasty Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a stylist down south was watching the coverage of animals covered in oil and had an "ah-ha" moment. He realized hair is absorbent as he had a client in the shampoo bowl...

The oil absorbency of human hair has been known to Jersey douchebags for years.


We should send a batallion of them to the Gulf to soak up the oil right away. It should take them less than a week.
13 posted on 05/03/2010 11:43:38 AM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: nickcarraway

Horses are shedding....


14 posted on 05/03/2010 11:50:15 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: IMR 4350

This is green recycling. Don’t interfere with facts.


15 posted on 05/03/2010 6:12:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: walford

http://hotchickswithdouchebags.com/


16 posted on 05/03/2010 11:20:06 PM PDT by Pelham (Obamacare, the new Final Solution.)
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To: Pelham

Imagine how much oil could be soaked up if we deprived these douchebags of their hair gel for a week, let them dry out and air-dropped them into the Gulf of Mexico. They might drain the water levels by a couple feet also.


17 posted on 05/04/2010 5:43:47 AM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: IMR 4350

Chicken and turkey feathers too.


18 posted on 05/04/2010 5:49:44 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: walford

I don’t think I have ever seen guys doing the duck face before. Yeesh.


19 posted on 05/04/2010 5:51:37 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I guess the Tinkerbell's want to save the world one haircut at a time.
20 posted on 05/04/2010 6:11:35 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Straight Vermonter

You get an added bonus with feathers too.
When it comes time to pick up the tar and feathers off the beach you can just role a member of congress through it.


21 posted on 05/04/2010 6:18:48 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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