Composting Hair

I went in for a hair cut last week and watched Wanda sweep my abandoned locks into their little hair compacter. Well, the next question was obvious. “What do you do with all that hair?”, I asked. “We throw it away,” Wanda answered. “Could I have it for my compost bins?” “Sure you can,” Wanda says, with the accompanying eye roll. She’s used to handling crazy customers.

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I almost left out the picture but, believe me, I’ve handled substances that are a lot yuckier than hair. If you want to know more about composting hair, click here.

This afternoon I fetched my second batch of hair. They empty the container every week. A little hair goes a long way so I think I’m just going to throw this week’s take into the azalea patch on the northeast side of our house. Pretty soon the birds will be nesting and hair makes a great addition to any well built bird nest. I’ve talked to the wrens. They tell all.

Human hair is also supposed to discourage wild creatures from nibbling in your garden so I’ll sprinkle some around the edge of the vegetable garden and find out. The most important fact is I’ve kept some more stuff out of the land fill and I’ve also raised awareness of more people.

God is Green!

Sara Nussel