Monday, May 10, 2010

Oily Hair Serves A Greater Purpose

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Your Pomeranian and and your pantyhose could help save the environment.

On April 22, the drill rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 men and spilling 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the Gulf Coast. In response to the devastation, Camp Bow Wow, a day and overnight camp for dogs, is partnering with non-profit Matter of Trust to collect human hair and canine fur to soak up the spill.

"This is a great opportunity to get involved and help make a difference," Beth Peterson, owner of the Camp Bow Wow Boise franchise, said.


National Camp Bow Wow franchises will donate any fur, hair, natural fibers and used nylons to construct oils booms or barriers which will act as a sponge in the Gulf. They then will ship the material to Matter of Trust which will weave the donations into mats.

"Human hair and animal hair ... can absorb three times its weight in oil," Peterson said.

The mats will also be used to soak up the oil from animals contaminated by the spill.

"Every little bit is going to be used," Peterson said.

Camp Bow Wow has area hair salons and groomers collecting the material.

Individuals can bring donations to Camp Bow Wow, located at 3430 S. TK Ave., in Boise. Currently there is no stop date for the collection, according to Peterson, as oil spills happen every year.

"These supplies are needed worldwide," Peterson said. "We're really trying to raise awareness in the community ... that [the individual] can make a difference."

For more information, contact Camp Bow Wow at 208-331-5091.

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