The green trend is on the rise, and it’s making its way through salons nationwide. While you’re probably already recycling everything in your establishment that you can – including foils, color tubes, paper and glass – we’ve found five easy ways that any salon can broaden their approach and take environmental protection to a new level.
5 Ways to Go Green in Your Salon
ECO-FRIENDLY LIGHT BULBS
Whether your salon is a private studio or an expansive endeavor, it’s time to make a switch. Exchanging your traditional bulbs for a more eco-friendly alternative – like halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) – is an easy swap that can lead to serious savings. Typically, an eco-friendly light bulb uses up to 80% less energy than a traditional light bulb, and can last up to 25 times longer.
In today’s tech savvy world, many salons are already making the upgrade from a paper recording system to a fully electronic one. This means bookings, notes, emails and social media will take the place of binders, flyers and postcards. Get creative with your no-paper rule, and put in place innovation solutions that will help everyone in the salon to work more efficiently and accurately.
USE THE MIA APP
When you start to move toward a greener salon environment, hair salon apps like MIA will become your new best friend. MIA (My Intelligent Assistant) helps colorists precisely measure the exact amount of product needed for each application. No more over-mixing. No more wasting money unnecessarily. And no more pouring needless chemicals down the drain into the water supply. Download Mia today!
And since we’re mentioning the water supply, salons can easily save money while helping the environment by reducing the amount of water used each day. To start, try only running the washer when it’s full. Older washers can use as much as 45 gallons of water per load, while newer and more efficient models can still use up to 30 gallons. Reducing your daily loads even by just one load a day will save as much as 14,000 gallons a year!
With green cleaning making a trend, vegetable based cleaning products have never been easier to find. And there’s more of a selection to choose from as well! When looking for a good product to swap your chemical-based ones for, check for the Green Seal, which uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers, and companies to create a more sustainable world.
Take your cleaning to the next level by partnering with Green Circle Salons. Because typical salons manage high water consumption, energy use and chemical byproducts in their efforts to create flawless beauty, Green Circle Salons has provided a pathway to sustainability. Through their efforts of repurposing and recycling items like packaging, foils and even human hair for the purpose of oil spill cleanup, they’re able to capture 95% of salon waste from their 1500+ salon span across North America. They’re even committed to giving back 5% of their pre-tax profits to local and international organizations that promote positive environmental change. Learn more about the organization at GreenCircleSalons.ca.