Take the Tissue Challenge! Tissues are very convenient, but also very detrimental to our environment. Unless your tissue box says something like â€œno bleachingâ€ or â€œ100% recycled paperâ€, the material that you put on your noseâ€™s delicate skin has been bleached and is made from wood pulp from virgin forests.
Wanna help clean up the Gulf Oil Spill but donâ€™t know how? Collect hair, fur or wool clippings, stuff them into nylons and send your booms to the Gulf where they will be used to collect the oil spill. Think we're kidding, read on...
Matter of Trust, a public charity that uses natural and manmade surpluses to address a variety of environmental issues, has started supervising a huge International Natural Fiber Recycling response to help get hair booms to the Gulf Coast. Oil clings to hair, and hair booms can protect beaches and coastal waters. There are over 15 locations along Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, receiving hair booms from all corners of the USA and the world.
You may not have enough hair by yourself to make a hair boom (or tube) but you can throw Stocking Stuffer parties and â€œBoom B Qsâ€. Tell your friends to bring used nylons, mesh (such as the one used for lemons at the store) and hair, wool and fur clippings, and make a few booms together. Donâ€™t know how to stuff the nylons, or have nylons, but not enough hair? Just send what you have in a box. Sign up with Matter of Trust, for free; once you have signed up, you will get specific assistance by email, and soon your donations will be used as an environmental solution.
So call your friends, get your hair cut, groom your pets, tell your hairdresser to get involved and help clean the Gulf Oil Spill.
On May 21, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that hair booms could no longer be used for oil collection. Read the whole story here.