HAIR WASTE

HAIR WASTE

HAIR WASTE

Human hair is a material considered useless in most societies and therefore is found in the municipal waste streams in almost all cities and towns of the world. In rural areas the hair is thrown away in nature where it slowly decomposes over several years, eventually returning the constituent elements, namely, carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, and so forth, to their respective natural cycles. In urban areas with high population density, it often accumulates in large amounts in the solid waste streams and chokes the drainage systems, posing a multifaceted problem. Due to slow degradation, it stays in the dumps / waste streams for long occupying large volumes of space. Over time, leachate from these dumps increases the nitrogen concentration in the water bodies, causing problems of eutrophication. Burning of human hair or the waste piles containing them—a practice observed in many parts of the world—produces foul odour and toxic gases such as ammonia, carbonyl sulphides, hydrogen sulphides, sulphur dioxide, phenols, nitriles, and pyridines. 

At Luna:lab we aim to address the aforementioned problems by utilizing the waste material as a resource, reducing pollution and contributing to local economies. The unique properties of human hair such as its unique chemical composition, slow degradation rate, high tensile strength, thermal insulation, elastic recovery, scaly surface, and unique interactions with water and oils, along with its sociocultural roles, make it a very attractive material to work with. As a potential material resource, human hair has the advantage of being completely biodegradable, renewable, and available in abundance in every locality.   

Human hair is a material considered useless in most societies and therefore is found in the municipal waste streams in almost all cities and towns of the world. In rural areas the hair is thrown away in nature where it slowly decomposes over several years, eventually returning the constituent elements, namely, carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, and so forth, to their respective natural cycles. In urban areas with high population density, it often accumulates in large amounts in the solid waste streams and chokes the drainage systems, posing a multifaceted problem. Due to slow degradation, it stays in the dumps / waste streams for long occupying large volumes of space. Over time, leachate from these dumps increases the nitrogen concentration in the water bodies, causing problems of eutrophication. Burning of human hair or the waste piles containing them—a practice observed in many parts of the world—produces foul odour and toxic gases such as ammonia, carbonyl sulphides, hydrogen sulphides, sulphur dioxide, phenols, nitriles, and pyridines. 

At Luna:lab we aim to address the aforementioned problems by utilizing the waste material as a resource, reducing pollution and contributing to local economies. The unique properties of human hair such as its unique chemical composition, slow degradation rate, high tensile strength, thermal insulation, elastic recovery, scaly surface, and unique interactions with water and oils, along with its sociocultural roles, make it a very attractive material to work with. As a potential material resource, human hair has the advantage of being completely biodegradable, renewable, and available in abundance in every locality.   

hair

Hair 

noun, often attributive [ hâr ]

1. any of the numerous fine, usually cylindrical, keratinous filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals; a pilus.
2. Botany. a filamentous outgrowth of the epidermis.

Human hair is highly versatile and exhibits a tremendous tensile strength (a single hair is capable of holding up to 100 grams of weight) and high friction efficiency. Thus, human hair is ideal for reinforcing bio plastics and contributing to cracks reduction, improving fracture-resilience and strength, which is highly useful in high-pressure-bearing structures. In the near future we aim to harness the high concentration of proteins in human hair and re-engineer it into new materials such as hair protein based thin films and bio-plastics.

Hair 

noun, often attributive [ hâr ]
1. any of the numerous fine, usually cylindrical, keratinous filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals; a pilus.
2. Botany. a filamentous outgrowth of the epidermis.

Human hair is highly versatile and exhibits a tremendous tensile strength (a single hair is capable of holding up to 100 grams of weight) and high friction efficiency. Thus, human hair is ideal for reinforcing bio plastics and contributing to cracks reduction, improving fracture-resilience and strength, which is highly useful in high-pressure-bearing structures. In the near future we aim to harness the high concentration of proteins in human hair and re-engineer it into new materials such as hair protein based thin films and bio-plastics.

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

human hair board

HAIR BOARD
HAIR BOARD is a very strong composite material made of human hair and bio-plastics. It comes in flat sheets or can be compression moulded to form intricate 3D shapes. 
The colour of HAIR BOARD depends on the hair off-cuts used. Coloured hair will maintain the colour in the final fibreboard and can be manipulated to create timber-like graining. The surface of the material is smooth and shiny and the hair fibres remain visible in the final material, forming a marble-like webbing effect. When held against a light source the material exhibits mesmerising partial translucency and a membrane-like pattern. Due to the material's good thermal qualities, it can be used for wall cladding in interior architecture.
HAIR BOARD is a 100% natural, circular and carbon neutral material. It can be used as a fertiliser at the end of its lifecycle because recent experiments on horticulture plants show that direct application of human hair to soil provides the necessary plant nutrients for over two to three cropping seasons. It can also be returned back to the production as a substrate material. 

HAIR BOARD
HAIR BOARD is a very strong composite material made of human hair and bio-plastics. It comes in flat sheets or can be compression moulded to form intricate 3D shapes.

The colour of HAIR BOARD depends on the hair off-cuts used. Coloured hair will maintain the colour in the final fibreboard and can be manipulated to create timber-like graining. The surface of the material is smooth and shiny and the hair fibres remain visible in the final material, forming a marble-like webbing effect. When held against a light source the material exhibits mesmerising partial translucency and a membrane-like pattern. Due to the material's good thermal qualities, it can be used for wall cladding in interior architecture.

HAIR BOARD is a 100% natural, circular and carbon neutral material. It can be used as a fertiliser at the end of its lifecycle because recent experiments on horticulture plants show that direct application of human hair to soil provides the necessary plant nutrients for over two to three cropping seasons. It can also be returned back to the production as a substrate material. 

materials human felt

HAIR NON-WOVEN
HAIR NON-WOVEN matt is very flexible and mouldable material and comes in a form of sheets or rolls. Colours depend on the hair used, and coloured hair will maintain its colour in the final felt material. The material is 100% natural, biodegradable and carbon neutral.