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Stylist Pitch In To Help Quell Oil Leak

By Logan Hall

When Buddy Wilds, stylist at the Arcade Hair Company, saw the images of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he hoped there could be a way to help out. Through a contact on Facebook, he found out about the Matter of Trust organization that is working on a process to help remove oil from contaminated areas. Wilds can now use the resources from his business to try to make a positive impact on the effort.
Since 1998, Matter of Trust has been in the forefront of nonprofit organizations helping society to adopt a green lifestyle. Most recently, their efforts are being geared toward the cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf. Using discarded hair clippings from salons and pet groomers, the organization has helped develop a simple device called a hair boom, because of hairÔs natural ability to absorb oil. Once stuffed with hair, the boom takes on a long cylindrical shape and can then be applied to the oil spill.
Recently, however, the Unified Command in charge of containment of the spill, which includes BP, released statements saying they will not be using hair booms to aid in the cleanup. "Our priority when cleaning up an oil spill is to find the most efficient and expedient way to remove the oil from the affected area while causing no additional damage," said Charlie Henry, scientific support coordinator for the National Oceanic

When Buddy Wilds, stylist at the Arcade Hair Company, saw the images of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he hoped there could be a way to help out. Through a contact on Facebook, he found out about the Matter of Trust organization that is working on a process to help remove oil from contaminated areas. Wilds can now use the resources from his business to try to make a positive impact on the effort. Since 1998, Matter of Trust has been in the forefront of nonprofit organizations helping society to adopt a green lifestyle. Most

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