Help the seas with your hair cut off?
That is possible.
The Tölz hairdresser Martina Lederer is also part of the campaign.
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Where to go with the mountains of hair that are forced to accumulate in the hairdressing profession?
That's what Martina Lederer, who runs a salon in Bad Tölz, thought.
In exchange with other hairdressers, she came across the "Hair help the oceans" campaign.
The campaign was launched by a hairdresser from France.
In the meantime, the idea has spread far and wide, and more hairdressers are being sought to participate.
In Germany, Thomas Keitel, management consultant for hairdressers, and Emidio Gaudioso, hairdresser entrepreneur from Bückeburg (Lower Saxony), have dealt with the topic.
At the beginning of this year, they founded a company in Bückeburg that takes care of sustainability and logistics.
Environmental action by a hairdresser from France
Rolls and felt mats are made from the cut hair.
These are suitable for filtering oils, fuel residues and sunscreen from the water.
Because hair naturally has the property of absorbing and binding water-insoluble materials.
According to a press release, one kilogram of hair can filter up to eight kilograms of oil from the water.
In addition, the hair mats are reusable.
They can be cleaned and used up to eight times.
"I thought the idea was so great," reports Lederer enthusiastically.
"Otherwise the hair ends up in the garbage, now they do something good." Across Germany, 83,000 tons of hair end up in the garbage every year.
"They end up in the residual waste because they're colored or otherwise treated," explains Lederer.
This number can now be reduced by the action.
Lederer collects the hair that has been cut off in her salon.
“They come in big sacks and the organization picks them up once a month.” She pays a fee for this.
"The reactions of our customers were extremely positive," reports Lederer.
Environmental awareness and animal welfare are very important to many people.
"No matter what age group or clientele: everyone thinks the campaign is great.
Mainly because you don't have to do anything special for it, because the hair will be cut off anyway," she says, laughing.
“You can really do and achieve great things with it”
Where exactly the Tölzer hair is used is not clear.
This can be in the sea, but also in lakes or in front of industrial areas or on coasts.
When an oil tanker ran aground off Mauritius about two years ago and lost several thousand tons of oil, hair mats helped prevent worse things from happening.
"Otherwise you would have to use chemicals to clean the water," says Lederer.
Thanks to the hair, no additional harm would be done to the environment.
The French hairdresser's visions go even further.
He could imagine fitting all boats with the hair snakes automatically, so that oils are already caught before they reach the sea.
"You can really do and achieve great things with it," Lederer is convinced, and she adds with a laugh: "And we now enjoy cutting hair even more."
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