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Cut Your Hair, Help The Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up Efforts

Nonprofit organization Matter of Trust, whose mission is to "link ideas, spark action and materialize sustainable systems", has come up with a way for...

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on May 14, 2010.

The tragedy and scale of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could easily make you give up hope. What can the average person do to help?

Matter of Trust has figured out a way for people to contribute, and are organizing a safe, non-toxic way of helping with the clean up efforts by accepting donations of hair. How does it work? Contributed hair is stuffed into nylon stockings to make booms which protect the coast.

Lisa Gautier, co-founder of Matter of Trust explained on NPR:

Booms will lie along the beach, the waves will come up, and they’ll go through the hair and the nylon. And the hair will grab the oil and then the wave goes back out and it’s cleaner.

In response, Arthur magazine is helping to organize local hair cutting parties. More details to be found here.

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[Via: Arthur]

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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