Gallery: Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

 

I’ve always had an overabundance of hair; when I was a little girl my grandma taught me to pull the wads from my Mason Pearson and throw it out the window. I lived on the end of a dirt road in a deeply wooded area, and she said the birds that would collect my hair and utilize it in their nests, as it was a very strong material. I never really believed her, but thought it was good fun to toss my hair outside and watch it float along the breeze into the trees or over the lawn. Lo and behold, the next year, I started to spot my long, curly (then-golden) strands in the nests of the songbirds when they fell to the ground accidentally or were abandoned in the Autumn. Turns out my grandma just knew what birders everywhere do.

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7 Comments

  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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