L-R: Kevin Bodenham, Lorraine Naughton, and Andrew Mulvenna
Lockdown, it turns out, wasn’t all bad. For Maynooth salon owner Lorraine Naughton, it was an opportunity to research sustainability practices and re-think the way she was going to run her salon business.
“The biggest threat to the world is that we think someone else is going to save it,” said Lorraine, whose laudable commitment to sustainability has not only resulted in a healthier space for staff and clients but also zero waste being sent in landfill. For Lorraine, sustainability is a commercial imperative, too, arguing that green-minded clients of all ages are actively seeking out her business and happy to pay the €2 ‘green fee’ she adds to every bill – all proceeds being donated to charity.
Kevin Bodenham, owner of Moyo Hair & Beauty in Dublin, agreed that taking the first step is often the most difficult part of the journey to sustainability. “You have to do as much as you can, otherwise you’d never start,” he said while pointing to a slide about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s biggest accumulation of ocean waste (it’s three times the size of France), composed of 1.8 billion pieces of floating plastic, and which kill thousands of marine animals every year. What an incentive to start dealing properly with your salon waste…