We all know that if hair is long enough we can donate it for wigs, but what about the 99.9% of hair that isn't long enough?
There are many ways to recycle hair including, hair booms, hair mats, gardening and composting.
Hair for oil spills?
We all know that hair absorbs oil, we’ve all had oily hair at some point. It was this simple idea that led to the concept of Hair Booms. It was an American hairdresser back in 2010 who came up with the idea of using hair to stop the spread of oil in the sea.
What is a Hair Boom?
Essentially, a hair boom is hair cuttings of any length or colour tightly packed into cotton or nylon tubes.
These booms, when placed in either water or on the shores of beaches will stop the oil from spreading, saving wildlife and the natural landscape.
Who in the UK & Ireland are using hair booms?
That’s where we come in. Green Salon Collective will collect your hair (and most other waste) and be the first provider of hair booms in the UK.
We are applying for approval with the Marine Management Organisation but it doesn’t stop there!
We also have the machinery to make Hair Mats
Hair Mats can be used in a similar way to the booms, they can be used on land, parks, gardens and even your street or driveway. Hair Mats can be used for oil or water and we have already seen great results when used by plumbers, mechanics, and in local parks.
Gardening and Composting
One of the first things we learn about hair is that it is a protein and like other proteins, it will breakdown when composting. So throwing away hair is like throwing away food! We will be giving hair that doesn't make it to a boom or a matt to many framers and gardeners.