What can you do to help sop up the Gulf Oil Spill?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
May 21, 2010 6:17am CST
Go to a participating hair dresser, barber, hair salon and get your hair cut, that's right, get a hair cut where they donate the hair to soak up the oil spill. Cut your own hair? Bauld? (bawled, spelling?) Want to do more or something else? You can donate clean hair, fur, nylons, wool, and feathers (as well as some other things, go to the website for a more complete list). To find out more about how you can help, try any of these: www.matteroftrust.org www.matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html http://wwwyoutube.com/user/matteroftrust#p/u/3/2QOct.4GsSqw The video that I watched showing how the mats worked was really amazing. If everyone in American did just a little, it would mean a lot to our environment. I learned about this first in the environmental news section of our area newspaper. We have one participating hair salon, but I bet others join, too. I'm going to get my hair cut. It's up to you, what have you done or what are you going to do? I'm also going to check to see what else I have.
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
21 May 10
Very interesting, thank you for the info something I would never of thought about. I know about donating your long hair to make wigs for children with cancer, but to help mop up the oil spill, I am sure there is one thing that each of us could do to help if we only knew what they was. What I like about MYLOT is the information that people pass on to the rest of us. Thank you and keep up the good work.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 May 10
Thanks, I try. The hair doesn't have to be long for this. Glad you like it. In the newspaper this AM, the oil is starting to hit the coasts of Louisianna. You have friends from down there still that tell you about things first hand any more?
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
23 May 10
My husband who used to work out there said that these mats should be around all the rigs right from the day they put them out in the gulf. If there had been one around this rig, not up close but out around it. The oil when it first started coming out would of been stopped by these mats. Allowing them some time to get other equipment in place to catch the oil. But then that would of been another expense that the company would had to pay for. If they are going to drill in the gulf then they should be made to take every precausion necessary for such an accident. I think Obama waited what 9 days they said before he even mentioned the problem, seems no one wants to speak up or do anything soon as it happens. I understand that Bp makes a lot of donations to the people in Washington, and they sure dont' want to do anything that will stop them from receiving that money. So they sit there and let them ride till it gets out of hand. These oil companies must do everything they can to prevent such a thing from happening, right from the start when they sit a rig in the gulf, not worry about it once it happens because it is too late them.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 May 10
In our newspaper, they said that it was decided that the companies had to clean up the oil spills-I think after Valdez or something like that. That way it wouldn't cost the tax payers so much. But what price the environment, land, people's livelihoods? Besides the companies will passthe cost onto us or go under and not clean it up.I think whoever should clean up the spill that can and then charge the companies afterward.
@GardenGerty (93474)
• Marion, Kansas
21 May 10
This is a very helpful post. I saw this mentioned on television just a week or so ago. It did not mention saving the nylons, however. My hair is short, so that is not an option, but I bet we could donate quite a few stockings. I always was saving them hoping to figure out a way to recycle them.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 May 10
Yes, and on that site, it tells you exactly how to donate, etc. Our article in the newspaper didn't say anything about stockings either. There are so many things that they'll take that most people can donate something. Even just the trimmings from short hair can be used. It's not like locks of love where the hair has to be a certain length. But you can probably make more of a donation with the stockings. My hair is only going to get trimmed, but she's sending it all, trimmings, whatever she gets from her salon. I have some nylons and I wonder if they take old dance tights, I'll have to write and find out. Thanks and take care.
• United States
21 May 10
Writersedge - I see some are questioning the validity of this article. The fact of the matter is it is true and it is a really cool process by which they do this. It takes a combination of human hair and fur/feathers to be blended together in order to make these mats which are then put into nylons that are tied together to make a chain. The mat of hair/fur allows the water to flow through and the oil to become lodged in the mat. I have a friend that is a dog groomer and knew nothing of the project until I mentioned it to her. She is now collecting fur from the dogs she grooms each day inorder to help out. So anyone out there that knows a pet groomer, a hair stylist or a barber pass the word them please. This method of collecting the oil is better than them having to add more chemicals to the ocean in order to break the oil down. It is already a huge mess, no sense of adding more to the mix.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 May 10
Considering all the con artists out there,you can't blame people for being skeptical (spelling?). Our newspaper article had mentioned dog groomers, but I haven't heard any that are doing it here. I don't have a dog. I do have cats and I've been starting to collect their fur. Thanks and take care.
@celticeagle (115405)
• Boise, Idaho
21 May 10
I had my hair cut afew years back and donated to the foundation for the wigs they make for cancer victims. It felt good. I do what I can. Right now I am doing something more close to home. If I live through that then I will try to reach out and do something for the environment.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 May 10
If you like through that? Are you donating a kidney or bone marrow or something?
@celticeagle (115405)
• Boise, Idaho
22 May 10
Nope. Just trying to survive my family crap.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 May 10
Sorry to hear that,you were so happy the other day.
@redhotpogo (3935)
• United States
21 May 10
I am suspicious about these companies. I am wondering what they're really going to do with all the hair they collect. I'm pretty sure BP isn't going to use a bunch of hair to soak up the oil.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 May 10
So go ask them to prove it to you.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 May 10
I think it's a non-profit, but I could be wrong.
• United States
21 May 10
Ask the oil company to prove it to me?
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
21 May 10
Wow, that is an interesting idea, except my hair isn't that long to start with. And I don't have any fur and the feathers I do have are not enough to do anything.. Here is an idea though..Get all the shellfish together to clean it up, I hear they are famous for it.. Seriously, though I made the above statement into a joke, it is true. Some sea life are designed to be garage eaters, but this might be too big of a job and they do need help. I will check out the sites and see what I can do..Thanks for sharing writer..:)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 May 10
At some point, we have to cut hair for the split ends. The woman running the hair salon said she sends everything. It's not like locks of love where it has to be wig length.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 May 10
Other people in your family must have hair they need cut at some point. Maybe you know someone who is going to throw away some nylons with runs in them. A little bit of oil, shellfish can handle, but not this magnitude.
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• United States
21 May 10
Well, it is just my son and I who have our hair cut at home and it isn't much to donate, so it would take a long time to get enough usable hair. And nylons? what's that? lol, JK, I haven't worn nylons in years.. Well, maybe they can ship more shellfish to the area to help??? Though I could give this site to where my husband gets his hair cut...I am sure she has enough to donate..:)
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 May 10
There are also salons that are taking pet hair donations in my area. So if you get your pet clipped..save the hair and donate it where you can. I have a mini Shnauzer that grows hair like crazy that might sop up the whole ocean..lol..seriously though I am going to save her hair the next time my b/f shaves her.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 May 10
Terrific! I was reading on the Matter of Trust site and there and many hundreds if not thousands of small oil leaks per year. So donating needs to keep on going!