Hair Recycling Technologies’8217; (HRT), will have the business of: collecting, sanitizing, and selling human hair to be used in a consumer good. Our recycled hair products will be targeted toward the home gardener who will benefit from hair’s numerous elemental characteristics and its strong human scent.
Our product’s ability to promote healthy plant life as well as deter pests and other animals will benefit the consumer. Hair Recycling Technologies is initially going to manufacture three products: SMARTSOIL, HAREAWAY pest deterrent, as well as an organic plant food that’s specifically made for rose bushes.
Hair Recycling Technologies is entering the niche market. Human hair has never been sold in this way before. This business is unique and viable and will reach a high-growth market. Due to these factors, this venture has exciting possibilities due to its high potential and unique, innovative nature.
One of the greatest aspects of this business is the fact that investors will be paid back in one year. However, the company will continue to have positive cash flows. In the ninth month of the first year, the business will break even.
The research into human hair’s positive and negative elements as well as its potential uses is ongoing. Although this research is ongoing, the initial results are positive.
HRT has expressed interest in the concept from the University of Georgia’s Horticulture Department. The department is planning to collaborate with HRT to test and research the use of human hair to promote plant growth. Our product was also well received by South Bend nurseries, who expressed strong interest in selling it.
1. Keys to Success
Businesses who operate beauty salons or barber shops have had to deal with hair trimmings for a long time. In metropolitan areas that handle large amounts of waste, human hair is often disposed in volume at municipal landfills. Over the past decade, recycling municipal solid refuse has seen an increase in both composting and recycling due to federal and State mandates. In 1997, America had more than 9,000 curbside programs for recycling and 12,000 drop-off locations for recyclable material. The EPA set a goal of recycling 35 percent in 2005. This was while maintaining a maximum per capita waste generation of 4.3 lbs per person per day. This gives the consumer the chance to reuse landfill-bound waste and reap the benefits of hair’s many positive qualities.
Our research has shown us that clippings of hair from humans have a very high nutrient-value and, when used with potting soil will make a higher quality fertilizer and plant food than what is currently available.
Human hair, like wool, silk, other organic materials has a very high level of nitrogen. The soil also contains nitrogen, which encourages tissue to grow. The sweepings taken from barber shops could be applied to a compost heap and a huge amount of nitrogen could then be recovered. Six to seven pounds worth of human hair can contain around one pound each of nitrogen. This is equivalent to the amount found in 100 to 200 tons of manure. Hair can also be disintegrated as quickly as feathers as long as it is stored in a well-moistened compost pile.
William Stafford from Austin Texas conducted 32 rose variety experiments. His results showed that human hair can be used around the roots to produce longer stems and larger buds. Stafford used hair from the base of plants to speed up growth. But it took several months for the hairsto fall off. Stafford produced a plant recipe for his experiments, which HRT will reproduce. Stafford’s rose-food recipe has not been granted a patent.
Hair Recycling Technologies hopes to provide consumers with a viable recyclable resource, so that they can reap the benefits of hair’s many organic elements and properties. We hope to make the consumer feel positive about recycling and the Earth.
This innovative idea of using human hair as a fertilizer, soil enhancer and animal deterrent to grow plants is a first in the gardening and plant industry. We are confident that this product will be successful in the marketplace due to its unique quality and the many positive attributes that human hair can bring to the gardener.