Video: How your split ends can help clean oil spills

Watching a sea otter on television gave an American hair stylist an insight into what could help clean up water during an oil spill, reports Gina Barton for Vox

The prevalent methods to clean up oil spills rely on synthetic materials and dangerous chemicals. But there is a natural, environmentally sustainable alternative: human hair.

Hair is hydrophobic and biosorbent, which means it repels water and can collect heavy metals and other contaminants, like oil. It’s also an abundant, renewable resource. But the use of hair booms and hair mats for such a purpose hasn’t gone mainstream just yet, especially in the case of large-scale environmental disasters.

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