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And Now Your Human Hair Will Be Used to Soak Up That Oil Slick

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It’s not (quite) as scary as it sounds: Human — and pet — hair is being collected around the country to make homemade brooms, mats, and barriers that will go to help protect Louisiana’s coastline from that nasty oil slick in the Gulf. This genius and, yes, amazingly gross plan was initiated by Matter of Trust, an ecological public charity based in San Francisco, California. Hair is good at soaking up oil, which you’d know if you ever had to sit behind a band nerd in class. Watch how it happens, after the jump:

Demonstration of the magic at 2:50.

Inspired? Sign up here. Oh, um, FYI, per Matter of Trust’s website: “Every type of hair is fine (straight, curly, all colors, dyed, permed, straightened…) but only HEAD hair, please!”

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