I just got this email from a friend about rumors circulating the web that some China-sourced hair bands are made out of recycled condoms. Snopes.com, the website that verifies whether a web-circulating urban legend is true or not, confirmed the rumor and cited several press agencies that reported the news.
However, Snopes did emphasize that it is not clear whether the condoms were recycled (which is clearly disturbing if some little girls like to chew their hair bands), or if they came from substandard unused condoms that were resold as raw materials to hair band manufacturers.
The French news agency AFP reported the news last year November and I guess it surfaced back again in the web.
True or not, our Chinese friends do have their innovative ways of reusing materials and minimizing waste.