BP Reaches Out to Nonprofit for Cleanup Help

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Oil spill recovery preparations and procedures underway in Venice, La. Photo: BP p.l.c.

Almost one month after the oil rig explosion, BP has lifted its refusal of outside help and has reached out to Matter of Trust to assist in deploying boom and natural fibers along the Gulf Coast.

Based in San Francisco, Matter of Trust is a small nonprofit organization that accepts donations of human hair and pet fur, along with used nylons to make “hair mats” and “hair booms” to soak up oil resulting from petroleum spills.

“We, at Matter of Trust, are thrilled that BP has contacted us to discuss deployment of the donated booms,” says Executive Director Lisa Gautier.

“This mobilization orchestrating International natural fiber recycling systems to help the Gulf Spill has taken less than three weeks. The massive, rapid response to help the environment has been phenomenal.”

Late afternoon on Wednesday, Gautier wrote in an e-mail response to BP’s correspondence, “It’s a beginning! And it’s thanks to all of you that this is getting noticed!”

Over the past three weeks, salons, groomers, households and businesses have come together and mobilized in what Matter of Trust calls an “International Natural Fiber Recycling Phenomenon.”

Up until Wednesday, BP had denied outside volunteer donations or cleanup efforts and was clear that it was not soliciting help.

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