Hippodrome, And Saving The Gulf. With Hair.Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Last week I mentioned that Hipstamatic app for the iPhone - loving it:
Av takes Shug to a different barber shop - the same one that Shug's great-grandfather Frank z"l went to, where Shug's Papa goes to, where Av goes. It's not too-too barbershoppy in the way that everyone leaves with a buzz cut or something else super short. The barber - Buddy - knows to cut my baby's hair a wee bit long and make him still look like he's two. There's a real red, white, and blue barber's pole outside also. Nice.
Now! This is what I want to share: a tiny bit of it I will keep as a sweet little memento, but the rest of it which of course is going to be not much at all but is one of those 'principle of the things' is that I'm going to send it to the Matter of Trust organization. They're the people who are organizing all the hair booms to help soak up the oil spill in the Gulf.
Part of the article reads:
Matter of Trust, a San Francisco environmental non-profit that has used these absorbent booms to clean up oil spills since 1998, says it's received donations from all U.S. states and several countries that amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair. It also accepts washed nylon pantyhose, even with small runs or tears.
In Gulf Coast cities, the group says volunteers are hosting Bar B Q parties, which they call "Boom B Q's," to assemble booms in their backyards. It says other "hair-raising" events include "Cut-a-thons" and "Shave-a-thons" to collect donations.
"For past spills such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, these simple booms have been highly effective and efficient at cleaning up oil," says Lisa Craig Gautier, Matter of Trust's co-founder. She says a pound of hair can absorb one quart of oil in one minute, and hair mats can be wrung out and reused up to 100 times.
She says her group is coordinating thousands of volunteers and directing donations to temporary warehouse space along the Gulf Coast. Hair booms reflect the largely low-tech measures that are still being used to clean up oil spills.