Alternative Ways to Recycle
Clean Wave Program
Matter of Trust’s Clean Wave program accepts ponytails four inches or longer as well as loose hair one inch or longer. This program uses donated hair in addition to fur, wool and fleece to absorb oil from oil spills and common motor oil contamination.
Locks of Love
Donate hair in ponytails or braids 10 inches or longer 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.
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.