He heard the announcer say that the birds were more affected by the oil than the otters because their fur was able to absorb the oil.
Looking around his salon, the hairdresser had an original idea for the unwanted hair he disposed of every day.
He began testing how much oil he could collect with the hair clippings from his salon and invented the Hair Mat which helped contain an oil spill off the coast of San Francisco in 2007.
The mat is now being used today in the recent Gulf clean-up via the non-profit organization, Matter of Trust.
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