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The Washington Post’s ‘climate solutions’ reporter Nicolás Rivero on Feb 12, 2024: When Zsofia Kollar gets a haircut, she can’t help but think about all the precious material her hairdresser is sweeping into the trash…The United States and Canada throw out 32 tons of hair per day, according to a report from the waste management firm Green Circle Salons. But Kollar says there’s a better use for all those wasted locks: weaving them into clothing. In 2021, she launched a start-up, dubbed the Human Material Loop, to turn hair swept off the floors of salons and barbershops into fabric for clothes, curtains, carpets and furniture. …
Wash, blow dry & talk to me about global warming please: Hairdressers trained to talk about ‘climate action’ to customers – “The weather is the hook. You can take a cue from that,” says Prof Lesley Hughes, one of two climate scientists who have helped run workshops to give hairdressers the tools for times when the conversation turns to the existential. “You can show the science until you’re blue in the face but what can be more effective are people who you trust talking about it. It’s important to show it’s not a subject to be afraid of.” More than 400 hairdressers have attended workshops as part of a project called A Brush With Climate being driven by Paloma’s owner, Paloma Rose Garcia.