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.
Starre 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 (MNN.com)
Lead Image via Flickr user Joey Bettencourt