Alternative Ways to Recycle
Clean Wave Program
Matter of Trust’s Clean Wave program will accept hair that is at least three inches or longer. This program uses donated hair to absorb the oil from oil spills and common motor oil contamination.
Locks of Love
Donate your hair to Locks of Love, a national charity that make hairpieces for children in need. Children with severe hair loss apply for these hairpieces and pay for them on a sliding pay scale, which is based on financial need. Find out how to get involved.
The Wig Exchange
Gently used wigs can be sent to The Wig Exchange; they are an organization that gives donated wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy.
Ways to Reduce
Compost Your Hair
Hair that is not long enough to be donated can be composted. If hair ends up in waste piles, it will probably be burned and release toxic gases, which are damaging to the environment and human health over time.
Ways to Reuse
Give It to the Birds
Birds will use hair to make their nests. If you leave hair out in the backyard for a few days they’ll likely use it. This is a great option for animal hair, as well.