Pet hair can be a serious inconvenience for pet owners. Pet hair (along with dander) irritates allergies. Pet hair sticks to clothing, furniture, carpeting, the HVAC intake, and it seems to permeate every nook and cranny of your home! (Somehow, a dog hair managed to permeate my car stereo faceplate, so there’s a big red MinPin hair located in the middle of the stereo display – behind the glass. Go figure! Very curious, especially since my MinPin rarely ever rides in that particular car!)
But dog hair and cat hair can be used to help the environment and it can help save the lives of other animals like birds, dolphins and sea turtles. Pet owners can donate pet hair to the oil spill clean-up efforts! So save the dog fur and cat fur from your pet’s brush and send out the hair to the Gulf oil spill clean-up operation!
What Happens to Hair Donated to the Oil Spill in the Gulf?
Wondering where to send pet hair donations for the Gulf oil spill clean-up? One organization, called Matter of Trust, is collecting pet and human hair for the oil spill.
Human and pet hair donated to the Gulf oil spill is stuffed into nylons (Matter of Trust is also accepting donations of hole-free nylons to the oil spill clean-up) which are then covered with a layer of mesh. The hair booms are placed on the water’s surface and the hair absorbs the oil (hair is great at collecting oil – that’s why shampooing is necessary!) Pet hair donations for the oil spill are also transformed into Ottomats.
Invented by a hair stylist, Ottomats serve a similar function as hair booms, but they look like a grey blanket-sized Scotch Brite pad. Ottomats are reusable, so they’re a great way of using hair to clean up oil spills.
Where to Send Pet Hair Donations to Clean Up the Oil Spill in the Gulf
Matter of Trust is accepting hair donations from individual pet owners, groomers, barber shops, salons, alpaca farmers and just about anyone else who has human or pet hair to offer! You can register as a donor on the organization’s website under the “Ways to Contribute” section; once registered, you’ll get all of the necessary information required to donate human and/or pet hair for oil spill clean-up. (Scroll down to end of article to access the site here on The Sick Dog Blog!)
Pet owners can send in pet hair donations of any size. Matter of Trust also has some interesting videos that explain how to make hair booms (which can then be donated), how hair absorbs oil spills and more.
The need for effective, non-toxic oil spill clean-up techniques is very real, as “one quart of oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of drinking water.” So hair booms and Ottomats that aren’t used for the Gulf oil spill will definitely come in handy down the line. According to Matter of Trust, 2,600 smaller oil spills occur each year; this releases 726 million gallons of contaminants into the environment. In addition, 363 million gallons of motor oil are released into the ocean on an annual basis.
Other Uses for Pet Hair: Turn Pet Hair into Yarn and Knit a Blanket or Other Keepsake
Looking for another use for pet hair? Save dog fur and cat fur from home pet grooming sessions until you have 3 to 5 pounds of fur (the quantity varies depending on the item you’ll be creating from the pet hair yarn.)
Next, find a local crafter who can spin the fur into yarn. (Crafters who spin fur into yarn can be found online.) Once this is complete, the yarn can be knitted into a blanket, scarf or another keepsake. Turning pet fur into yarn and creating knitted or crocheted items is a great way to feel close to a pet, particularly once they’ve passed on.
To learn more about hair donations for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, read How to Donate Fur and Hair for Oil Spill Clean-up.