Last updated: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Forget about finally achieving that bikini body or calling it quits with chocolate in 2019.
We’re suggesting a New Year’s resolution that is not only desirable for you, your business and the planet, but also easy to accomplish:
Improve your salon’s ecological footprint. Here are 8 ideas to become a “greener” salon in the new year – or any other time!
SUBSTITUTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT
Using low-tox hair products is a great first step but to become a truly sustainable business, this philosophy needs to be lived in all areas.
Ban as many ecologically harmful materials from your salon as possible, e.g. through using reusable mesh strips or NATULIQUE’s straw fibre mixing bowls and brushes instead of conventional plastic tools.
Also, chemical cleaning agents have no business in your business. Use an organic, low-tox detergent and replace your soap with a clean hand wash.
Read more about this in our blog post dedicated to beating air pollution in your salon.
SPREAD THE SPIRIT
To scale your salon’s ecological footprint, even more, involve your staff and clients in the process.
Create an eco-friendly support program, such as a 10% discount on retail products for clients who bring back empty containers for recycling.
Another simple idea is to encourage your staff to use public transport when getting to work by e.g. offering them to pay a share of their travel expenses.
A great innovation to save water at the basin without losing pressure are the ecoheads showerheads. As water plays a major role in your daily work as a hairdresser, read more about how it affects your client’s hair.
Towels and other fabrics should always be washed in eco-mode and air-dried to save both water and energy.
Making the switch to LED light bulbs is yet another simple but effective trick to improve your salon’s ecological footprint.
SUSTAINABILITY IS IN THE AIR
Turning your salon into an urban jungle won’t only make it look cooler.
Plants also clean the air and eliminate air pollutants from your salon such as formaldehyde or benzene.
Established detoxifying plants are for example Aloe Vera, Peace Lily or Azaleas.
Additionally, the implementation of evaporators with essential oils can make your salon’s air “greener”.
You’re probably already recycling your aluminium foils and NATULIQUE colour tubes and containers.
But recycling can play a way bigger role in your salon. From benches made of recycled wood to toilet paper or our recycled NATULIQUE paper bags – think twice and be creative before your next purchase.
Are you not sure how to improve recycling at your salon? Read our article focused on Recycling like a PRO.
TRASH IS NOT THE SAME AS TRASH
For some, this might seem basic, but garbage separation can unfortunately not be taken for granted in all cultures.
So keep in mind – plastic, paper, glass and organic waste should never end up together.
THINK ABOUT FOOD (HOW COULD YOU NOT?)
Only purchase organic and preferably locally sourced tea, coffee and snacks to offer in your salon.
Serve it in reusable containers and buy drinks bottled in glass instead of plastic.
STOP HAIR WASTE
There are various ways in which your clients’ hair can serve a purpose post-cutting. One idea is to send it to gardeners for composting.
You can also find other ideas in this blog post about hair donations.
Now, if you look at each of these changes individually, they might come across as baby steps.
But if you follow as many of these ideas as possible, the synergy effect will improve your salon’s ecological footprint immensely.
So what are you waiting for?