Yesterday I was reading the San Francisco Chronicle (that happened to be sitting on the table at cafe I was at) and was pleasantly surprised with the eco-friendly solution Lisa Gautier came up with for the problem of cleaning up the bay since the big oil spill. She has provided mats that have been made with hair to soak up the oil. The mats can then be composted with the help of oyster mushrooms which will soak up the oil and be safe for depositing back into the earth. The composting process takes about 12 weeks before the material can be used for planting. It has been a successful endeavor so far and has a benefactor that is providing the mushrooms. She is currently training volunteers to assist in the clean-up of beaches along the S.F bay.