Realistic sustainability goals you can achieve in 2024

by | Jan 25, 2024 | Business, Sustainability

As a previous Most Wanted ‘Sustainability Hero’ winner, Anne Veck knows how best to make sustainable switches in your salon. Here she shares the three things you need to do in the year ahead

“Here are our realistic sustainability goals for 2024. Not necessarily the easiest but all eminently doable and they will make a difference. Experts often advise salon owners to take tiny actions because they all add up. Of course they do, but these actions below are three of the most important things you can do.”

1. Reduce your energy consumption and at the same time change your energy supplier to a renewable energy supplier

“This has got to be the number one priority for everyone so we can do our bit to keep global heating down! Easiest thing you can do? Reduce the amount of hot water and the temperature too. The win-win is that by reducing your energy use, you reduce your energy bills! More simple actions on this are available in Salon RE:Source. There are many renewable energy tariffs out there but to be sure your electricity and gas are genuinely carbon neutral, we suggest you consider Ecotricity, Good Energy or 100Green(aka Green Energy UK).”

2. Get your waste and recycling done by a hair and beauty industry specialist who knows what they are doing

“Unfortunately your local council will probably send most of your waste to landfill or incineration. The most well known option is Green Salon Collective but you could also consider Recycle My Salon. Both can deal with your used and dirty aluminium foils and colour tubes and all that hair! Some think doing this is expensive, but don’t forget that if you talk about what you are doing, you’ll gain new clients and help keep your existing ones.”

Anne Veck and Keith Mellen

3. Check how sustainable your product supplier is

“Their website may have ‘sustainability’ on the menu and you can Google it too. There are several big players (and brands we all know!) who are leading the way for sustainability in our industry. Look out for those which have the B Corp accreditation. Of course, switching to a new supplier can be inconvenient and maybe not the right thing for you and your team right now, but you can also talk to them about sustainability and see what their plans are.”

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“Nature plays a huge role in absorbing carbon emissions as well as being the support system for all life on earth. Forests, bees, blue whales, mangroves, peat bogs, sea grass, the list goes on….To find out how you and your business (freelancer, salon or corporate giant) can incorporate saving nature and biodiversity into your work, join the UK Business and Biodiversity Forum. Spoiler alert…Keith is a director of the forum, so if you’d like more info, give him a call on 01865 744612.”

 A third, updated edition of the multi-award-winning Salon RE:Source sustainability toolkit has launched. Get all the latest advice from Anne and Keith on going green >

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