Saturday, May 8, 2010

more.... about the oil spill

I found this arcticle, where they even mention alapca :) I do think this is an excellent use for alpaca 3rds (there aren't even too many alpaca farmers who use the 3rds, in the past we've let them compost in the woods). We are working on packing up the 2nds we have in our basement from years past. With shearing coming up this coming weekend, we might as well make room in our basement for this years crop. No sense hanging onto last years 2nds that we never got around to using.

People, and Poodles, Contributing to Cleanup
Published: May 5, 2010

As millions of gallons of oil float toward the Gulf Coast, tons of one eminently renewable — and absorbent — resource are being shipped in to stop it: hair.

And pantyhose.

At least 400,000 pounds of human hair and animal fur (cat, dog, sheep, alpaca), donated from salons and groomers throughout the country, are heading to warehouses in the gulf region. Volunteers plan to gather for “Boom-B-Qs” to learn how to make homemade booms stuffed with natural fiber.

According to Matter of Trust, a San Francisco environmental charity, the ridged texture that helps hair sop up natural skin oils also make it effective at catching crude. The group first started collecting hair 10 years ago, using booms and mats made of hair to help deal with a series of small spills before a major push to clean up the Cosco Busan tanker spill in 2007.

Lisa Craig Gautier, who co-founded Matter of Trust with her husband, Patrice Olivier Gautier, said the group had reached a “tipping point,” increasing its network of donors to 90,000, from 35,000 three days ago.

“It’s truly just a surge of philanthropy,” Mrs. Gautier said. “Everybody can get a haircut and donate.”

Hosiery companies are also donating remainder nylons, including 50,000 pairs from Hanes. Salons and groomers are sending hair directly to 15 collection sites, including 20,000 square feet of donated space in Fort Myers, Fla.

Amanda Richardson-Bacon, whose Clear Point, Ala., home is on Mobile Bay, came up with the idea to hold boom-construction parties with another volunteer from Mississippi. She planned to soon train about 125 people, each of whom would then host Boom-B-Qs.

Ms. Richardson-Bacon said the process was simple: Stuff hair into nylons using PVC pipe and a broom or toilet plunger. Remove pipe, tie at top.

“It looks like a giant hair sausage,” she said. “It’s very nasty looking.”

Matter of Trust has not been able to coordinate with the official response team handling the spill, so volunteers are putting out the booms themselves.

“We learned this with the hurricanes,” Ms. Richardson-Bacon said. “You can’t wait for the government or BP to come protect you.”

1 comment:

Kathryn Ray said...

Matter of Trust is an amazing organization. I have sent them my own hair and will send them the scraps from our alpaca shearing in a few weeks.

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