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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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REJOICE!

Salons are going green and this is a great thing. Salons/spas/barber shops are responsible for pouring gallons of detergents and chemicals down the drain every second. Did you know it usually takes 7 to 11 local, state and federal agencies to bring you your water and remove waste water? If we are over taxing the system, we will pay for it with taxes as well as having to address purification problems and health issues.

I advise you to poll your clients and ask them if allergies, health and the environment are issues that they would like your salon to address. Our clients are the best resources to finding out new and alternative ways in which to provide great services and the dialogue will help us start dialogue with the companies we buy our products from.

EPA has free voluntary partnership programs that can help salon owners reduce cost and their environmental impacts.

client having hair washed in a salonLimit Chemical Exposure

Use less toxic, safer, natural products

Use pumps instead of aerosol containers

Use products with low volatile organic compound content

Use non-toxic products for disinfecting and cleaning

Conserve Water

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Use refillable containers for products

Use a dispensing system for shampoo and conditioners

Use products with packaging that uses less plastic and cardboard

  • Use energy-efficient lights throughout the salon and use Energy Star equipment
  • Give used magazines to other organizations, friends and customers
  • Make empty containers and cardboard available to other businesses
  • Require suppliers to take back empty refillable containers
  • Install recycling bins for office paper, cardboard, plastic, magazines
  • We used to be able to donate hair to Matter of Trust to pick up oil spill but they can no longer take donations.

SALONS ARE GOING GREEN AND THAT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE HELPING TO KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING!

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