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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.


Comment from Dog Training Sarah
Time May 5, 2010 at 6:50 am


It is great to know that we can all help make the enviroment a little better by getting involved, I have added a short story about this post, you can see it here http://dogtrainer-sarah.com/is-your-dog-covered-in-bp-oil/ I have asked my readers to get involved and comment and have asked them to visit ohmidog for more information.

Good luck with getting more dog owners involved with this


Comment from Titus
Time May 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Matter of Trust also works with Professor Paul Stammets to safely dispose of the oilly mats. Its a win win approach, that worked like a miracle in a previous smaller spill.

Comment from Robin Zygelman
Time May 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

I think we all need to do what ever we can to help clean this mess up. We will be feelling the effects of this for years to come.

Comment from nikki dolce
Time May 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I LOVE all of the efforts that are being put forth in helping with the oil spill. I am proud to say that I have personally implemented a system of collecting hair in the salon that I work in. Everyone is excited to do their part!
~Nikki Dolce, Hairstylist Scottsdale, AZ

Comment from Gus ‘n Wally ‘n Ms Jan
Time May 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

They also will take used but washed nylons (and you somehow knew that there must surely be a better use somewhere for that widely abhorred panty hose than personal torture, now didn’t you, ladies?) and if there is anyone with access to waste wool that is being accepted too. Excess Access directs people where to donate in their area. We happen to be in a sheep production (wool not meat) area out west and are now looking into this. Any manufacturers who have waste scraps of wool such as from felting manufacture (runs gamut from industrial use to hospital-grade for orthotics and prosthetics) could contribute too if any are reading here.