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It’s time to face facts – the hair industry has a BIG problem when it comes to its impact on the planet. From packaging and colour waste, to rubbish management and recycling, we could all do with improving our eco credentials for the greater good. Clients are watching closely too, with a growing number taking their business to salons where they can see staff thinking of the environment in the way they work.
We know it’s a big ask, so if it sounds intimidating and you’re not sure where to start, we have just what you need. Get started on your greener salon path with our ten point plan, in partnership with Schwarzkopf Professional Bonacure Clean Performance…
STEP ONE: ASSESS WHAT YOU’RE USING
Pictured: Ora Hair, Banstead
You can save money and the environment by taking a look at your energy consumption as well. Switching to a provider that uses sustainable sources – such as Octopus Energy or Bulb – is definitely worth looking into, as is assessing how you bring light into your space.
There’s no magic bullet, but small decisions do accumulate. “Reducing waste is key to becoming more sustainable,” explains Dr Elmar Mussenbrock, director of sustainability for Kao Salon Global.
“At first, customers were surprised, but then said ‘Why not?'” Supply 91 teamed up with Ecologi, which runs UK and international schemes that cost about £6 per tonne of CO2.
Other options include Trees for Life, which supports Scottish rewilding projects and charges £6 per planted tree, and Trees for Cities (£6 per tree, working with schools and community groups for increased education and resilience).
STEP TWO: OFFSET WHAT YOU CAN
Maxwell Oakley and Luke Davies of Supply 91
STEP THREE: THROW IN THE TOWELS
Scrummi eco-friendly, single-use towels
“Switching to Scrummi towels changed my life,” says Nicola Harrison, owner of The Green Hairdressing Salon in Nottingham. The client experience will be unaffected – these absorbent towels still offer a luxurious feel, made with 100 per cent sustainably sourced plant fibres, and they’re biodegradable.
Making such a small change can have a huge impact; it’s estimated switching to Scrummi saves 1,400kg (aka 1.4 tonnes!) of CO2 emissions each year.
There’s a virtual training programme for salons and individual stylists that takes just 45 minutes to complete, and highlights where you can save time, water, energy – and money – with simple adjustments. You receive an online Sustainable Salon or Stylist certification that you can display for clients – check out ecohairandbeauty.com
STEP FOUR: GET CERTIFIED
Hair by Anne Veck
Keith Mellen and Anne Veck – winners of the first Most Wanted Sustainability Hero award – share their Salon Re:Source with other salons for free. It’s a guide designed to help you move towards becoming more sustainable and ethical, with a clever toolkit to download.
STEP FIVE: REUSE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
BE Ironbridge, Telford
When the 2021 It List Entrepreneur Brooke Evans designed her salon, BE Ironbridge, the key focus was to incorporate as many recycled and eco-friendly elements as possible. The salon is heavily insulated to reduce heating costs, and hot water is supplied by an AirSource heat pump that creates energy from fresh air.
“For every 6kW of energy we use, just 1kW is paid for, saving money and helping to protect the environment,” she explains. Ceiling fans have been added that push hot air down to warm the whole building.