The Surprising Way Hair Could Save the Planet

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Hair is something we  tend to take for granted. Unless we have specific intentions to donate to Locks of Love, chances are most of us only think of hair as something that frames our face, needs to be washed, or that gets frizzy when the weather isn’t ideal. But apparently there’s a global hair industry, and some people are hoping to harness hair as a valuable, sustainable resource.

Hair is a surprisingly strong material, and one that—since the world’s population is growing—is actually increasing. And if can be used as a replacement for dwindling resources like wood, hair could do a lot of good for the planet. As you’ll see in the video below, called Hair Highway, one company is trying to make that work. How?

“By combining hair with a natural resin, Studio Swine has created a composite material that provides a sustainable alternative to the planet’s diminishing natural resources with an aesthetic that evokes the palettes of tortoiseshell and a grain resembling that of polished horn or exotic hardwoods.”

It looks pretty awesome, and if you could get over the creepy factor of having your home decorated with hair, you could have some really beautiful pieces that don’t harm the environment.

Hair Highway from Studio Swine on Vimeo.

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