Novel human hair uses extend to cleaning waterways

Innovation by Belgian non-profit Dung Dung has led to use of human hair clippings to absorb environmental pollutants, such as oil and other hydrocarbons, from waterways.

Hair clippings collected from hairdressers across Belgium and turned into matted squares, called ‘hair booms’ or ‘hair mats’ to deal with pollution from hydrocarbons. For instance, being placed in drains to soak up pollution in waterways before the water reaches rivers and addressing leakages from oil tanks.