Donate Your Hair

wash. salon is proud to participate in the Clean Wave Program created by the non-profit Matter Of Trust.

Here are the details of the program:

You shampoo because hair collects oil!

Hair, fur, fleece clippings, and feathers soak up oils from the skin, air pollution, ocean oil spills… etc. etc.

Matter of Trust established the Clean Wave program to collect hair clippings and other waste fiber donations. We produce hair mats and “booms” (sausage shape), and coordinate with large-scale public efforts to clean contaminated water ways and storm drains. This program provides the public with safe, non-hazardous, hands-on, volunteer empowering solutions, and green jobs to help combat major oil spills and common motor oil contamination of waterways.

Check out the press coverage of Clean Wave, including articles from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal: Recent Press

How to get involved:

If you are interested in donating fibers to our Clean Wave program, first sign up on our free gift/wish matching system Excess Access: (even for a one time donation) under Recyclables (hair). You will be contacted to send directly to a spill depot, a classroom or our nearest mat felting site.

Acceptable donations:

  • Ponytails 3 inches or longer.  Please shampoo before cutting and put hair in an envelope.  Do not secure hair with rubber bands.
  • Boxes – Most salons and groomers simply reuse shampoo delivery boxes and line them with a garbage bag (ideally compostable).  The boxes must be debris free meaning: nothing sharp, no cigarettes, food, metals, etc.  Your box contents will end up in classrooms, felting machines, and natural habitats (rivers, oceans).
  • Long braids (10 inches or longer), please also check out these other options: Healing Children with Hair Loss,  Wigs for Kids, and Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
  • Loose Hair, Fur, Wool, and Fleece.  Hair and fur clippings can be any length.  Fleece and wool can be any grade.  Other acceptable fiber donations can be posted: Feathers, laundry lint, old woolen socks, etc….

  • Emergency Hair Booms (sausages).   Booms (aka sausages, waddles…) are hair stuffed into clean, donated  nylon stocking legs. Booms are sent directly to a spill for immediate use.  We only accept booms during emergencies and when there are hazardous material removal systems in place.

  • Rope (⅛-¼ inch thickness), Burlap Sacks, Nylon Stockings, Shrimp Bags…  These supplies are used for containing hair and booms to protect beaches and string across piers during oil spill clean up.

We accept both large and small donations.  When posting your gift on Excess Access please specify the quantity and unit size of your donations (bags, boxes, pallet, truck loads, etc…).

To read more information about this program please click here