Over the weekend I was listening to NPR on the radio. They were broadcasting their 'Best of 2010' programs. One of them was about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the clean-up efforts. Researchers found that human hair, animal fur and feathers are all good media for absorbing oil from the sea. They take the hair, fur, or feathers and stuff them into pantyhose or stockings to make absorbent tubes.
They collected hair from barber shops, beauty salons, and pet grooming shops. One problem they had was finding a supply of used hosiery as women in the South just didn't wear hosiery often enough to meet the requirements. One community that stepped forward was the transvestite population in San Francisco.
So the next time you have a pair of stockings or pantyhose destined for the trash can, think twice and recycle!