Human hair being used to clean up oil spills

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Human hair is being used by scientists to clean up oil spills.

Infact, a number of hairdressers from UK and Ireland have signed up to initiative to protect environment.

The plan is to make the beauty industry more environmentally friendly.

Over the past 10 months, 550 salons across the UK and Ireland have signed up to the Green Salon Collective (GSC). The idea is to reduce salon waste through recycling and education programmes.

Currently about About 99% of hair cuttings from salons are sent to landfill sites. However, under the scheme hair is collected and packed into tubes, which are placed on the shores of beaches to stop oil spills from spreading.

GSC says 500kg of hair has so far been collected, of which 50kg has been used in cleanup operations.

Other leftover hair is given to farmers to use in compost as it contains protein and nitrogen which enrich plants.

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