News added 15/02/18: We were all shocked by David Attenborough’s film of a whale travelling with her dead calf on Blue Planet II (BBC), and his reportage on the impact our use of plastics is having on marine life. According to Plastic Oceans Foundation, approximately 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, with 8 million getting into the worlds’ oceans as waste. Samantha Sweet, co-founder of UK distributor Sweet Squared is stepping up for hairdressing, and shares news of an eco-initiative that should inspire more to take action. ColorProof Color Care Authority will now produce its plastic bottles using 10% ocean-bound, up-cycled plastic. The special logo Ocean-Minded Color Care will be the one to watch for. Send us your news of sustainable activity and we’ll help spread the word.
News added 01/02/18: An eco-warrior in hairdressing, Karine Jackson gets our vote for her unstinting devotion to creating a more sustainable salon environment. Australian born, Karine says she was raised to recycle and reduce our carbon footprint, and wants us all to be more aware of energy use and waste. An advocate of organic colouring (she offers vegan hair services in her London salon), and eco technologies including paper towels, and ‘Curlformers’ which create long-lasting, heat-free curls. Recently she became the first London salon to receive ‘Sustainable Salon’ certification from the University of Southampton.
BECOME A SUSTAINABLE SALON:
The certificate is awarded via an initiative from the University of Southampton. Researchers here have found that hair care can be hugely energy intensive – someone who washes every day, rinses,
repeats and blow dries uses 500kg of carbon dioxide a year whereas simply reducing to washing hair every other day and rinsing once sees the carbon footprint go down by 2000% to 25kg of carbon dioxide. Being more eco conscious in salon not only has a huge effect on the planet but on bills, so hairdressers are in the perfect position to both reduce their own carbon footprint and the wider public’s.
The sustainable salon certificate is awarded to salons whose staff have completed the free virtual salon online training programme designed by the Ecohair team at the University of Southampton in association with VTCT and Habia which teaches stylists about key sustainability concepts, technologies and practices.
Salons can find out more at www.ecohairandbeauty.com