It’s never easy to shave off an awesome beard. It took Scott Boback 20 months to grow it, but this associate professor of biology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania has discovered a way to make it all worthwhile.

Even though the trim was emotional, Boback’s nine-inch beard will be donated to Matter of Trust, an organization that uses hair clippings to soak up oil after a spill.

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“Hair is really good at absorbing oil,” said Boback. “They use the hair to make hair booms, which are big, long tubes that they stuff hair into and actually helps to soak up oil after oil spills.”

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