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Eastern Iowa haircuts helping Gulf Coast


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- An effort in the Gulf Coast is ongoing to stop and contain an oil spill that began after an oil rig explosion two weeks ago.

For hundreds of Eastern Iowans, helping has never come so easily.

With every snip of the scissors, these people are assisting with the clean up of the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill without even knowing it.

"I'm glad I can do something, usually there's nothing I can do," said Trisha Waltz, who makes regular visits to Capri College's school of cosmetology in Cedar Rapids.

The school is recycling all of its hair collectings to help make oil booms.

As it turns out, recycled hair is an eco-friendly, efficient way to contain petroleum spills.

"If you multiply the number of people that get their hair cut every day, through all the salons in our area and across the country, it could have a huge impact," said Chris Fiegen, the school's director.

The hair will be shipped to the non-profit organization Matter of Trust.

These natural fibers are then stuffed into nylon stockings or woven into giant hair mats and then put to use in spill areas.

It's an effort thousands of salons nation-wide are taking part in.

So while Friday's visit to the salon may feel rather routine for some.

It is working to make a difference for millions of people.

"It feels great, but it feels great to get a good haircut, too," said Connie Konigsmark of Cedar Rapids.

Capri College in Cedar Rapids is serving as the drop-off point for salons in the Corridor area.  The school will donate hair clippings at all three of its locations.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner


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