As I began the long task of cleaning up the Hudarosa, tossing soggy packaging, soaked muddy paint brushes and picking up shards of flotsam floated from a drawer or behind a file cabinet, my mind drifted off to the plight of the Gulf Coast. The oil from the blown platform oozes closer to the shore every day. Each morning the water birds are treading closer to danger. The shellfish are siphoning its slimy waters. The marshlands they call home are threatened with suffocation. Fishermen are losing their livelihoods.
How will they clean up that mess?
Phill McCrory, a
stylist from Alabama, has a solution. He takes the clippings from hair salons, groomers , even spent nylons and fashions them into mats that collect the spilled oil. We all know that hair collects oil. That's why we shampoo. The mats are reconditioned after use. It's an ecologically friendly way to rectify a disaster like the one created by BP and Halliburton.
It's a really great excuse for me to get out the Furminator and shave Carmen down. Child! Her excess fur alone could save half the wildlife on the Gulf Coast! Seriously, if I don't sweep of vacuum every single day, you could fall on the stairs and hurt yourself giggling. The other day somebody came in and said, "What a soft rug you have!" And I was all, "Yeah, I haven't had the chance to sweep today." Phhhtt.
His website for donations is: www.matteroftrust.com
If you live in a coastal area affect by the spill, you can volunteer to clean the oil soaked animals and Dawn detergent (the most effective researchers have found for rescuing wildlife) has a campaign to raise $500, 000. Buy a bottle (special edition with the animal on it) and go to their donation
activation page . Anyone living in the areas can be trained to wash the animals by contacting the National
Audubon Society and the Tri-State Bird Rescue &
And who wouldn't want to do that?
Now I better get back to that basement. Because mildew waits for no man.