An average of over 370,000 pounds of hair is clipped in salons in the United States each day. Groomers generally cut three pounds per day! Typically these clippings end up in the landfill, however in light of the recent oil rig disaster, a new use for unwanted hair has emerged—hair woven into mats or stuffed into booms made of recycled nylons and mesh casing which are then used to encircle oil spills to help keep them from spreading.
Hair mat made of recycled hair and fur
Hair booms made from hair, fur, and nylons
In addition to human hair, horse hair, wool, and fur are all effective toward this cause (let's FURminate!). If you would like to learn more about this effort and how you can make a donation (hair or otherwise), please visit Matter of Trust. Encourage your salons to participate too!
(photos and content for this entry were borrowed from www.MatterofTrust.org)