Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

by , 05/27/11

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But my absolute favorite way to use human hair has to be in this amazing art project by Seattle-based artist Adrienne Antonson. She recycles human hair to create these gorgeous filagree bug sculptures.

Adrienne explains why she loves using the material: “As an artist with a deep interest in sustainable and self-supporting systems, human hair seems the most immediate and true material. I find the historical implications and various uses of human hair fascinating. I am also intrigued with the attraction/repulsion response the material evokes. It is sentimental, challenging and honest.”

For those of us who are loathe to cut our hair, I certainly get the sentimental part! Next time you’re getting your hair trimmed, don’t think of the discarded strands as garbage, but as fertilizer or art material or maybe something we haven’t thought of yet.

packaging the future, green packaging, starre vartanStarre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (

Lead Image via Flickr user Joey Bettencourt

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  1. Fedra May 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I could try!

  2. Jessica Dailey May 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Human hair is also really great at keeping critters out of your vegetable garden. Next time you get a haircut, take the trimmings with you and sprinkle them on your plot, and voila! No more rabbits stealing your carrots.

  3. JasminMC May 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    That’s crazy!

  4. Andrew Michler May 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Nothing about beards? Very useful face packaging if you ask me.

  5. Diane Pham May 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    i could easily provide a bird with a nest with all the hair that’s fallen onto my bedroom floor.

  6. Bridgette Meinhold May 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’ve often thought of saving my own hair for projects. My dog is shedding enough right now that I could knit a sweater.

  7. Yuka Yoneda May 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Tell me about it – at the end of a few days, my drain looks like a full toupee!

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