Now, a Dutch startup is using some of the 72 million kilograms of human hair waste produced in the EU each year to make textiles.
First, hair collected from salons is sorted and washed. Next it’s spun into yarn on traditional spinning wheels from which a scratchy fabric suitable for curtains or the outer layer of clothing is woven.
One of the startup’s other concerns is to improve hair’s image. For, like sheep’s wool, it contains keratin, and can thus be used in a multitude of ways.
As fertiliser, for example, or to absorb oil. Even in the construction industry.
Discarded clothes have their uses too.