The pictures. The spill trajectory debates. The politicians. The finger-pointing. The witch hunt.
It all left me thinking “what can WE do to help the cleanup efforts of this, the largest not-so-natural disaster in American history?”
And then I figured it out!
The California-based organization MATTER OF TRUST collects organic fibers which are then used in oil spill containment booms. According to their website, “We shampoo because hair collects oil. Why should millions of pounds of absorbant, natural, renewable fiber clippings go to waste every day?” Genius. They also accept pet clippings. However with the disaster in the Gulf, hair donations have skyrocketed and the group is now in desperate need of nylons – even if they have runs in them. (Note: if you prefer to donate hair it will go into the group’s “reserves”.)
You can contact me as I will be taking a collection, or this link will provide you with information for registering on your own. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll feel great making your own simple contribution to the cleanup, its astronomical damage and the effort it will take over the next decade to remedy this catastrophe.