May 14th, 2010
Get a haircut, save a beach
With the Louisiana oil spill still growing, the Coast Guard has officially declared the spill to be “catastrophic.” While financial analysts conjecture about the cost of cleanup and the companies involved in the rig (Halliburton, Transocean and BP) jump to point fingers at each other and Congress argues over liability caps as a partisan issue and tarballs are washing up on the beaches and the well is still leaking 200,000 gallons a day while nobody seems to have a solid plan to stanch it, it’s easy to see why both the President and the American public are frustrated and feeling, maybe, a little helpless.
Turns out, though, that there is a way for you to help out – and hey, helping out always helps folks feel a little better. Matter of Trust is an organization that collects hair – human, dog, alpaca, you name it – and, combined with nylons (yep, the ones that ladies wear – well, them and your occasional armed suspect), they create “hair booms” that absorb the oil.
It makes sense, really; hair collects oil. That’s why we wash it. In this way, Matter of Trust’s booms are not only able to help absorb the oil spill, but also to provide an important use for recycled materials that most of us have laying around. Matter of Trust’s site has more information on how to donate, and if you’re follically-challeneged you can also shop their CafePress fundraising store to help.
So if you’ve been putting off that haircut, give your salon a ring and make sure that they know how they can donate their clippings. Hey, even your dog can get in on the action.