UPDATE: effort cancelled help with the oil spill cleanup: donate nylons, pet fur, human hair (no, really)

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this well intentioned effort did not pan out. After review, it was decided that it wasn’t feasible. You can read more in this LA Times story supplied by a reader.


Get out those Furminators — it’s for a good cause! If you’re like us, you’re pretty sick over the Gulf oil spill. I was looking up ways to help today when I stumbled across Matter of Trust, who are encouraging you to donate pet and human hair to their Excess Access program. The reason is simple and brilliant: hair naturally collects oil, so all that excess hair, along with nylon stockings, is woven into mats that are used to help clean up oily water and shores. I am so on board with this idea! Our dogs are getting groomed pronto! Learn more right here. — Mary T.

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I heard about this just a day after furminating… grr. I’m going to let my groomer and stylist know though.


No. Way. That is crazy gross & awesome at the same time. I’m going to swiffer tonight!

I have my furminator. I will get on it this weekend!

Sarah L.

Now that the birds are done building nests from terrier fur, I can send plenty their way!


I am also equipped with a furminator AND 2 cats who are in need of a good brushing, thanks for the heads up, Mary.

Ok, here is my problem with this though. I have to sign up? I don’t really want to sign up with anything…I just want to send in my donation.


Marissa, if you want to collect it anyway, maybe one of us in Seattle that has signed up can send yours too?

What a fantastic way to reuse!

This is amazing, Mary. Thank you so much for the info.

Oh, and I’m so Twittering this!

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This is actually fake, all it would do is pollute the water more. It’s a well intentioned farce, but a farce nonetheless.


Mary T

Not “fake,” Heckman, as that would indicate the effort never existed in the first place. But yes, it appears as though the plan was considered, evaluated, and then it was decided it wouldn’t work. I hardly think it was suggested in bad faith. But thank you for the link.