As an environment conscious salon, you might have started to wonder about new ways you can contribute to taking care of our Earth in the best possible ways.

Recycling is a great way to collect materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash, and turn them into new products – and to be a bit more kind to our beautiful planet.

In this blogpost, you can learn more about how to minimize waste in your beauty salon and how to recycle the waste effectively.

When it comes to the salon industry, studies show that almost 400 million tons of waste are produced each year, out of which 150 million reaches our landfills.

Recycling seems to be the only effective solution in this case. But in order to do that, you need to be aware of the kind of recyclable waste produced by your salon.

In NATULIQUE’s home country, Denmark, cardboard, paper, glass, and food waste is sorted to get the most out of recycling. You can´t do and don´t need to make drastic changes in your salon overnight, but if you continually make small changes to your habits in the salon, you will be able to make a big difference.

By following this lead, we have created this guide for effective recycling. Keep on reading, to learn how to create a recycling system in your own salon to improve your salon’s ecological footprint!

Organic Waste

Hairstyle shape drawings for donation and recycling

The salon industry has a lot of hair waste! Don’t forget that you can always make a donation to creating wigs, or even help to clean up the ocean from oil spills and pollution!

Human hair can also be successfully reused as compost, because it contains a lot of nitrogen, which is beneficial for soil – just like any other organic waste! So why not recycle it accordingly? Read more about donating hair waste in this blogpost.

Just place a compost bin especially for hair waste in your salon, and then take it to a recycling center near you that can recycle it for you –-> Some NGOs collect the cut hair and turn it into hair booms, which can absorb chemical and oil spills in the oceans – How smart is that, right?!

Different Types of  Salon Waste and how to Recycle it

Trash bins with sorted rubbish drawings

If you are used to mixing trash together in the same bin in your salon, now is the time to stop! It will end up reaching our landfills, our oceans and pollute the environment.

Instead, always try to have up to 2-3 separate recycle bins in your salon to sort the waste accordingly. That way, it will be easier for you to sort your waste correctly and give the planet a helping hand.

#1 Aluminium Foils, Cans and Tubes

One of the most common types of recyclable waste in the salon industry is aluminium.

Did you know that by not recycling the aluminium foils, you waste a 100% recyclable resource? – Currently only 1% of salon foil currently gets recycled, even though it takes up to 400 years to break down.

In Australia, for example, almost 1,500 tons of recyclable aluminium adds up to the landfills each year.

Such a pity, when you think that in just 60 days, all this aluminium waste can be fully recycled and re-processed into new foil, cans and wrappings (Even the dirty ones)!

Compared to plastic, which requires 30% energy use in the recycling process, aluminum takes only 5% of the energy needed for production.

Natulique pink recyclable tube product

When it comes to product packaging, beware that the colour tubes and other containers can be made of aluminium. So read the product’s label carefully before throwing it away.

If you’re using NATULIQUE’s Natural Hair Colours, keep in mind that the packaging is always fully recyclable. So always make sure you dispose the tubes correctly after creating the gorgeous hairdos.

#2 Plastic Waste

Recycling can be problematic for plastic because it can be easily contaminated and not be suitable for recycling. But plastic is one of the biggest issues on the planet. Every year we throw out so much plastic that it can reach around the earth four times.

Some packaging can still contain hazardous residue after use. So make sure the plastic is clean and have no odor before recycling.

At NATULIQUE, the PET plastic we use is environmental friendly and fully recyclable. So beware to dispose it correctly! From our nourishing Everyday and Moisturizing Hair Care families to our Colour Shield Family, you will be able to enjoy NATULIQUE’s hair care lines without worrying about the environment.

After using the very last drop of your favourite NATULIQUE product, make sure to remove the pumps and lids before throwing the bottles in the recycle bin. They can contain small metal springs that do not belong in the plastic bin.

#3 Recyclable Paper

Like many other businesses, salons have an amount of paper they may be binning. Up to 50 % of the total waste of businesses is composed of paper, even though paper is one of the easiest resources to recycle.

Here at NATULIQUE we only use FSC certified paper. FSC works towards both nature and human conditions in the world’s forest areas and responsible forestry.

Natulique Technical manual on recyclable paper

If you have magazines lying around in your salon, they are also easy to recycle when your clients do not want to flip through them anymore.

If, instead of throwing out the paper, you sort it as waste – it can be recycled and turned into pulp, which can be used for more eco-friendly paper goods.

#4  Hazardous Waste

As a part of NATULIQUE’s mission, we continuously strive to find the most efficient ways to reduce waste in our supply chain. For one, the aerosols we use for our spray products are not hazardous!

Non toxic salon drawing with in-salon risks

How is that even possible? Well, it’s all related to the propellants we use – or the so-called compressed “air” in the packaging that enables the spray effect.

We have replaced our propellants with a DME gas which is obtained through an environmental friendly program. This is a 100% sustainable resource which leaves 0% carbon footprints and uses 0% non-sustainable resources in the ground of Mother Earth.

So you can use your favourite Natural Styling spray product, with maximum efficacy without harming the environment!

You might wonder how you dispose of the spray cans after you finished using products such as NATULIQUE’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo or Volume Shape Hair Mousse?

Once they are completely empty, and contain no residue, remove the detachable plastic lids. Usually, these cans can be placed in the common bin for cans or tins. Just ask the hauler if they are accepted for recycling.

If they still contain any substance, the recipients should be separated from general waste and brought to the hazardous waste collection site.

All in all, it is important to bear in mind that recycling and reusing is essential to becomeing a greener salon.

There is no wonder why we should all become more conscious and include the recycling culture in our daily schedule – waste management has become the ultimate trend in the salon industry!

Do you want to do even more for the environment? Click here to learn more about how you can improve your salon’s ecological footprint or here to get to know how you can beat air pollution in your salon!

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