Tuesday, November 27, 2007

High-Tech Solutions to Oil Spills: Human Hair

source: http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1177/1/

As long as we're stuck in this fossil-fueled economy, there will be a need for tools that can clean up oil spills. And while there are a lot of high-tech solutions out there, the citizens of San Francisco have been using, of all things, mats made of human hair.

Lisa Gautier gathered the hair from local salons and had them fashioned into mats for use for the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The hair naturally separates the oil from the water, leaving behind big tar-filled glob of hairy toxicity and happy, fresh ocean water. Mushrooms are then seeded on the tar globs, they grow, digesting the oil into non-toxic organics, which can then be composted into soil...y'know...to grow your veggies.

All I can say...I wouldn't believe it if it weren't San Francisco...

Via Inhabitat

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