Human hair. We shampoo it because it collects oil so why shouldn’t it be used to clean all the petroleum that has spilled into our water from the recent oil leak? That is the idea that sparked the creation of hairbooms. A “boom” is collected hair that is stuffed in nylons and many times covered with orange mesh.
While I thought that making booms was a great idea, I quickly realized that even if I shaved my head I still wouldn’t have enough hair to make a single boom, let alone a string of them like the one pictured below:
So how can you and I help with our limited resources? Here are a few ideas:
1) We can donate online to Matter of Trust. (According to their website: $5 provides two sets of masks and gloves, $25 pays two interns for one hour, $50 buys 150 feet of mesh for booms, and $100 covers two days of storage space)
2) We can spread the word using social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
3) We can visit local hair salons and pet groomers in our towns and let them know about this program.
4) We can purchase something from their online store (proceeds go to Matter of Trust).
5) We can donate hair at a local participating salon.
If you have the ability, and resources, Matter of Trust is also looking for people to help make booms.