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Local Dogs Helping with Gulf Coast Oil Leak

Groomer help with oil leak by donating hair.

Hanover, MA, June 02, 2010 --( Local Hanover Grooming Salon Pooch Paws has joined in the fight to help with the oil leak in the Gulf Coast. Salon Owner Cheryl Purcell is working with a group called Matter of Trust to donate all the hair clippings from her salon. An average grooming shop can produce up to three pounds of hair a day. Purcell says her salon is collecting clean hair and putting it in to plastic lined boxes to be shipped out on a weekly basis. “We plan on shipping out on Mondays that way we will have a full week’s worth of hair to send.” Purcell is also encouraging other grooming salons to drop off their clean hair clippings at her salon in Hanover and she will ship them out along with what is collected at Pooch Paws. The hair will be sent to one of 19 donated warehouses spread along Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. From there, it will be stuffed in to nylons by volunteers to create booms that are then used to soak up the oil on the shore line.

The idea of creating the booms from hair and fur was first proposed in 1989 by Alabama-based hairstylist Phil McCrory. He was shampooing an oily head of hair while watching TV coverage on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He noticed the fur on the Alaskan otters completely soaked with oil and it just occurred to him. "We shampoo because hair collects oil." He began testing how much petroleum oil he could collect with the hair clipping from the floor of his salon. He realized hair was an efficient and abundant material for collecting and containing petroleum spills. The mats and booms have since been used on the smaller, 2,600 oil spills that occur annually around the world.

Oil naturally clings to hair and the booms have proven successful in oil spill clean ups. Matter of Trust says it has collected more than 400,000 pounds of hair from dogs, fleece from sheep, wool and human hair to make the booms.

Cheryl A Purcell NCMG
Pooch Paws
1212 Hanover St
Hanover, MA 02339

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