Hair is a great ingredient in compost as it adds nitrogen. Large quantities (such as from a hairdresser) could be put in a compost bin covered by a layer of lawn clippings to aid breakdown.

Both human hair and pet hair can be put into compost or a wormfarm.


If you're in the hair business this Sustainable Salons site has some good information.


Human hair can be twisted into string or rope which is wonderfully strong for then knotting or crocheting into bags.

Some kinds of pet hair can be spun into yarn for weaving and knitting, or used for needle-felting.


Human hair can be composted in the Easy Earth hot rot system - contact 06 213 4850, or 021 079 1528, or

Easy Earth has a swap-a-bucket station at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.