Take a few minutes out of your busy day and think a bit about Mother Earth; it naturally recycles everything, by reusing organic matter to feed plant life and renew the soil. Why wouldn’t we do the same? Now it’s our duty to learn how to manage industry waste, preventing once and for all the harmful effects caused by landfills, which threaten the wellbeing of our environment!
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As far as the salon industry is concerned, some studies (source: Environment Agency) 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 for 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, in order to get the best out of recycling. By following this lead, we created a guide for effective recycling, so keep on reading to find out how to create a recycling system in your own salon!
The salon industry is rich in hair waste ! Don’t forget that you can always make a donation and reuse it in a sustainable way, for creating wigs or even help to clean up the ocean from oil spills and pollution!
Some NGOs are collecting human hair in order to absorb the oil from oceans. We wrote about hair waste here if you want to know more.
Moreover, human hair can be successfully reused as compost, just like any other organic waste! So why not recycle it accordingly?
After being disposed in a special bin, it can be redirected to the farms and, given its organic origin, it can be used to add nutrients to the soil – quite an important role for our cut hair, right?
Just place a compost bin especially for hair waste and then take it to a center in your area which is supporting this sort of action.
If you are used to mixing trash together in the same place in your salon, now it’s time to stop! It will end up reaching our landfills, drowning our oceans and dramatically pollute the environment.
Instead, always try to have up to 2-3 separate bins in your salon to sort the waste accordingly.
#1 Aluminium foils and cans
Probably 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 are wasting a 100% recyclable resource?
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! Compared to plastic, which requires 30% energy use in the recycling process, aluminum takes only up to 5% of the energy needed for production.
As far as the product packaging is concerned, beware that the colour tubes and other containers can be made of aluminium, so read carefully the product’s label before throwing it away.
If you’re using NATULIQUE’s Natural Hair Colours or any other colour ranges, keep in mind that the packaging is always fully recyclable, so always make sure you dispose the recipients correctly after creating the gorgeous hairdos!
#2 Plastic waste
Recycling is a common problem for plastic use, as it can be easily contaminated and, therefore, not eligible for recycling.
For example, some packaging can still contain hazardous substance residue even after use, so make sure they are clean and have no odor.
At NATULIQUE, the PET plastic material we use for our recipients is environmentally-friendly and fully recyclable, beware to dispose it correctly! Starting with our extremely nourishing Everyday and Moisturizing Hair Care families, to our all-time favourite Colour Shield Family, you will be able to enjoy NATULIQUE’s hair care lines without worrying too much about the environment.
Make sure that after using the very last drop of your favourite NATULIQUE product, you remove the caps and lids before throwing the recipients away. Also, don’t forget about sorting; the recipients should always reach the recycling bin!
#3 Recyclable rock paper
We hope that you’re already using our Brochures and Retail Folders – there’s no better way to educate your clients about NATULIQUE, while they’re patiently waiting for their appointment in the salon’s lobby! Did you know that our marketing materials are printed on recyclable paper?
You’ve probably heard a lot about our cradle-to-cradle rock paper.
It is made of limestone and contains absolutely no wood fibre, unlike traditional paper.
Moreover, not even a drop of water is used in its production process. Its binding agent contains zero hazardous chemicals and emits only a very low percentage of CO2 when burned.
This paper is biodegradable and it can be recycled together with plastic, so good news! When you’re done using them, you can place all the cradle-to-cradle rock paper materials in the same recycling bin with other plastic recipients.
#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 in our spray products are not hazardous!
How is that even possible? Well, it’s all related to the propellants we use – or the so-called compressed “air” in the packaging of our products – which enables the spray effect.
We have innovatively replaced most of our propellants with a DME gas which is obtained through an environmentally-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.
What is more, you can still spray in your favourite Natural Styling products with maximum efficacy, without harming the environment!
Once they are completely empty and contain no residual substances, remove the detachable plastic lids. Usually, these recipients can be placed in the common bin for cans or tins, just ask the hauler if they are accepted for recycling.
Only in the case 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 are essential in order to become a greener salon.
There is no wonder why we should all become more conscious and include the recycling culture in your daily schedule – waste management has become the ultimate trend in the salon industry!