Not From the Onion: Hair, Oil, Transvestites

Discarded hair from salons is being used to sop up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  San Francisco transvestites have been key to the effort.

As it turns out, hair adheres to oil pretty efficiently, which is why your hair gets greasy. Now salons are donating their discarded locks to help with the Gulf Coast cleanup. A group in San Francisco has been producing hair booms for nearly a decade now. Matter of Trust makes nylon stockings stuffed with human hair and trimmed animal fur….

While the group does have lots of hair, Gautier notes, there is one shortage. "I knew that hair wouldn't be a problem, but nobody wears nylons anymore," she says. Well, some people still do. Gautier says the great thing about being based in San Francisco is the city's transvestite community, which has readily donated nylons.


This is a great example of one small way in which an entrepreneur can help solve a big problem. I wonder if oil drilling companies can build on this idea? "Lessons of the Spill" (Bloomberg Businessweek, May 10-16) says that most innovative ideas in the oil industry's labs never become commercialized. Thanks for the link to an interesting and timely article.
Small steps toward a much better world indeed.

What about the quicker picker upper????

Very nice article, Hair is very important for anyone either men or women. No one wants to loose it. Great thought.

Now this is very sweet. I really love seeing people working together especially those from different classes and communities. Anyways, let's just hope that the oil wouldn't do major damages (but it is quite impossible with such situations).

Great to know that recycling of hair is helping an environment issue, where hair clogging a drain is solving a problem rather than creating one.

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