We are participating in the Matter Of Trust Program. We donate loose hair clippings after a hair cut to be utilized in a recycling program for oil spill clean ups. So, your haircut is protecting marine life. THANKS!
From the Matter of Trust website here is how it works.
“WHAT HAPPENS TO THE HAIR NEXT?
Loose hair can be stuffed into nylon stockings which we double up and tied together to make “booms” that surround and contain as well as soak up oil spills.
We also sort through boxes of hair to make sure there is no garbage and then pay to send it off to non-woven needle punch factories to make batches of hair mats. These mats are for emergency oil spills and for oiled bird and mammal cages.
We are fundraising for our own needle punch machine here in California to make hair mats on a continual basis. This will provide jobs and training – a pathway out of poverty for those transitioning out of foster care (at risk youth 18-22 years old). To help please check out our contribute page.
We are also collaborating with the The East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse and San Francisco Carpet Recycling to create a national hair recycling system like those in other countries. China has been purchasing hair from salons and wigmakers for centuries to make doll hair and paint brushes… Hair could be a commodity here, too. But for now, most oil spill clean up methods use oil based plastic pads, booms, soapy chemicals and other products. So, salons are generously mailing in their hair clippings to us at their own expense.
THANKS TO YOU WONDERFUL SALONS AND ALL DONORS – FOR KEEPING THE WATERWAYS CLEANER!”