Local Salons Help with Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Through Hair Donation

It’s a big, hairy deal when a national franchise such as Sport Clips mobilizes its stores to help with an oil spill cleanup.  Today, the men’s and boys’ hair care provider is asking its 690 stores to gather the hair that’s vacuumed up throughout the day and package it for use by Matter of Trust, an organization that makes oil-soaking mats and booms from hair and fur.

“Approximately two pounds of clippings are collected in each of our stores daily. We look forward to this donated hair making a positive impact by helping to generate products that will clean up leftover oil,” says Gordon Logan, Sport Clips founder and CEO. “Team members from stores across the country are letting us know they are ready to pitch in on this effort.”

Phil McCrory, a hairstylist from Alabama, first discovered how hair could help soak up oil and aid in disaster relief after he noticed the fur on Alaskan otters was completely soaked with oil due to the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. He began testing how much oil he could collect with the hair clippings from his salon and from there he invented the “hairmat” to help clean up oil contaminated waters. From this point on, Matter of Trust has been collecting hair clippings, sorting them and shipping the fibers off to nonwoven needlepunch factories to make batches of hairmats to use for oil spill relief. Matter of Trust also creates booms from loose hair that is stuffed into nylon stockings which are then doubled up and tied together to surround and soak up oil.

According to Matter of Trust, “The U.S. has over 300,000 hair salons and each one cuts an average of a pound of hair per day. By joining our relief effort and signing up for our donor program, your salon will help us make a difference in the ecosystem and to help prevent further damage from oil spills that continue to aggressively destroy coastal water ways.”

For more information on how you can donate or become a participating salon, visit www.matterOfTrust.org.


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