Published: May 14, 2010 11:46 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Wondering how to help the environment in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Collect hair and fur!

Human hair and pet fur is being sought, along with nylons. These materials are used to make "hair booms" -- a snake-like tube that's used to sop up oil (see photo).

One organization, Matter of Trust, is spearheading the effort. They're collecting hair and creating the hair booms for use in the oil spill clean-up operation.

Anyone and everyone can donate – individuals, organizations or businesses. Human hair is sought from individuals and salons; animal and pet hair is sought from pet owners, groomers and farmers, particularly alpaca farmers and farmers with sheep's wool.

Own a hair salon or pet grooming business? The Matter of Trust website has instructions on how to collect hair and where to send it.

This video, created by, shows how hair absorbs oil:

This video explains how the hair booms are created:

And this video illustrates how hair booms work to clean up oil spills:

(Photo Courtesy of Matter of