How your dog can help with the oil spill
You may not think your dog is in a position to do much about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But he is.
As oil continues to gush into the gulf from the April 20th BP rig explosion, booms and mats are being put in place to contain the floating slicks — many of which are made with dog and human hair, stuffed into casings.
The idea of a hair boom and hair mats came from Phil McCrory, a hair stylist from Alabama who came up with it after watching television coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, Suite101.com reports.
Using hair clippings from his salon, McCrory experimented to find out just how much oil could be absorbed with hair.
Among those organizations recycling scraps of hair for use as booms is Matter of Trust, a San Francisco nonprofit.
It accepts donations of hair from all over the world and disperses them to oil spill disaster sites. It asks that individuals not mail in single donations as hair collections in bulk saves processing time.
Dog owners wanting to donate dog hair to the Gulf oil spill cleanup can sign up with the ExcessAccess program, or inform their local groomer about the program.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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