Anne Veck and Keith Mellen are here to help us get greener! First up, three quick ways to make your salon more sustainable
Want to make your salon greener and cleaner? Anne Veck and Keith Mellen – Creative HEAD’s new contributing editors and owners of Anne Veck Oxford – are here to help guide you. We’re kicking off a regular series with the duo to help you make your salon more sustainable. They have updated their Salon Re:Source, a free guide packed full of tried-and-tested tips for running a more sustainable salon. Broken down into small changes, next steps and major changes, the guide includes easy-to-implement advice, resources and real-life recommendations. It’s right here to check out…
But let’s get you started – what are the easier changes that you can start with? Anne and Keith share three quick wins…
1: CHANGE TO BIODEGRADABLE, COMPOSTABLE TOWELS, CAPES AND GOWNS
Ditch cotton and in the salon you’ll save water, reduce energy use and help staff spend less time on laundry. It will help reduce damaging industrial farming, excessive water usage and human rights abuses in the places where cotton is grown. Having an individual towel for each client also improves hygiene, which is crucial in the current climate.
Biodegradable towels, capes and gowns can be composted or even go to landfill with no harm done. They should be made from sustainable materials, saving rainforests from destruction, so make sure you do your homework to ensure any wood-based materials used are ethically sourced.
2: SWITCH TO GREEN ENERGY
Join the movement away from fossil fuels. Several providers guarantee 100 per cent green energy generated from renewables, with a percentage of their gas coming from green sources, too. This will reduce your CO2 emissions considerably. Check out Ecotricity, Good Energy and Octopus. Green Energy UK offers 100 per cent green gas, as well
3: MOVE TO A SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL PRODUCT SUPPLIER
More and more brands now offer safe, ethical and sustainably-produced products and reduced packaging, free of harsh chemicals and including organic and vegan ranges. In terms of packaging, there is a debate about which materials are the most sustainable – advanced plastics, reclaimed plastics, glass, aluminium, stainless steel, paper, card, etc. The consensus is heading towards glass, aluminium and stainless steel.