Jenison, May 6, 2010:

As the oil slick spreads in the Gulf of Mexico, communities worldwide have started showing support
for one organization that is all ready to clean up the Gulf Coast with a free, low-tech solution: booms made of recycled
hosiery and hair clippings.

Matter of Trust is an environmental non-profit organization that has helped clean up oil spills in the San Francisco Bay Area
and beyond since 1998 by reusing donated hair clippings from hair salons, barber shops, pet groomers and wool farmers.
Stuffing this donated hair into donated nylon stockings, this organization creates highly absorbent booms to contain oil

Local West Michigan businesses, The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, and Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa, both founded
and owned by Melissa Verplank, will be assisting with disaster relief of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working with
Matter of Trust (, Paragon and Whiskers will be donating the hair trimmed from pets during the grooming

“Paragon will be acting as a collection center for at least the next 30 days and possibly beyond,” Verplank stated. “We’re
thrilled to find such a worthwhile use for what is typically a waste by-product in the pet grooming process.”
Matter of Trust has already received donations from all 50 states and several other countries. Donations include hundreds
of thousands of pounds of hair, and many washed nylon pantyhose stockings, which they'll accept even with small runs or

If you would like to donate clean hair or stockings, please drop your donations off at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming,
located in Jenison during business hours from 7:00 am-6:00 pm Monday – Friday, or at Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa on 29th
Street in Kentwood just south of Woodland Mall, Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am -8:00 pm. Individuals may also easily
send in donations to Matter of Trust by going to their sign-up website link at and watch an
informative video clip at

Contact: Joelle Asmondy
The Paragon School of Pet
Phone: (616) 667.7297
Fax: (616) 667.9851
110 Chicago Drive
Jenison, MI 49428