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Ethos Salon joins effort to gather hair to fight oil spill

The Columbian
Published: May 15, 2010, 12:00am

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Ethos Salon has joined a national effort to collect human hair and animal fur clippings to help soak up the massive oil spill along the Gulf Coast.

The salon will serve as a collection site for human hair and animal fur scraps, which will be sent to the San Francisco-based nonprofit Matter of Trust. The nonprofit is working nationwide to collect human hair and fur, which can be made into mats and booms to help absorb the spreading oil.

Mario Raia, owner of Ethos Salon, said in an e-mail that May 20 is the target date for shipping the collected hair and fur clippings to Matter of Trust. Raia also urged other salons, and anyone who wants to participate, to join in the effort.

For more information, visit http://www.matteroftrust.org/ or contact Raia at 360-891-6113 or by e-mail at Mario@ethossalon.com.