If Covid 19 has taught us anything, let it be the importance of looking after our planet. Noted, recycling doesn’t come cheap, but many salon owners up and down the country are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of waste their salon produces. It’s time to do something about it!
Introducing Salon Sustainability
Salon Sustainability is a comprehensive waste recovery programme for the hair and beauty industry, designed to recycle up to 95% of salon waste including aluminium foils, colour tubes, hair, plastic and paper. Founders of the brand, twin brothers JC and Jacus Aucamp, explain: “Both of us have always been amazed and shocked at the amount of waste produced by salons. There had to be a way to recycle it all, especially after doing highlight after highlight and hair cuts and it all ending up in landfills causing greenhouse gases.”
Knowing that foil takes 400 years to biodegrade, the duo have made it their mission to ensure that they are now in a position to recycle foil so that it can be used time and time again. Metal can also be reconfigured for an endless life. Plastic can be recycled into granules in order that they can enter their second life cycle. Even hair can be made into Hair Mats, proven to be effective in absorbing petroleum oil from contaminated coastlines.
How it works
Once you join Salon Sustainability, you will receive a salon registration kit containing everything you need to become a sustainable salon. This will enable you to recycle all hair, paper, colour tubes, foil and metal styling cans. You will also feature on the Salon Sustainability store locator and receive supportive PR and marketing material. All you need to do to get started is order your chosen recycling bins and returns box. We ask that you ensure hair, paper, colour tubes, foil and metal are packed separately into the biodegradable bags provided. These are then packed into the returns box. Once your returns box is full, contact Salon Sustainability to arrange collection.
Additionally, In light of the current climate, the duo have been able to include a PPE recovery initiative to ensure that masks, gloves, biodegradable towels, wipes and paper towels can be responsibly disposed of and used to make renewable energy. All profits from recycling will be donated to Hair & Beauty Benevolent. In order for this programme to be recognised by clients and the general public, J C Aucamp, director of the award-winning Guy Kremer salon, Lymington, has given the opportunity to each client to support the initiative with an additional green fee of £1 on their bill. “Clients love supporting a good cause,” he says.
For more of the latest industry news, click HERE.
Respect is a hub for UK hairdressers of all ages and stages to find out what We Love, We Hearand We Seeas the best product launches, styling advice, hairtools, education training and seminars and hairshows! Sign up to our newsletter which is sent fortnightly direct to your email, so you stay up-to-date with salon styling information, trends in session work, advice on presenting on stage or progress in educating – whatever your interest, whether you’re a trainee or creative director, an educator or team leader, you’ll find all the opportunities and ideas on www.respectyou.me
We love hairdressing; we see and we hear how you can become the best hairdresser, colourist and salon owner possible. Contact us if you’d like to know more about us. If it’s worth talking about, you’ll read it here.