At NATULIQUE we are very aware of the fact, that your direct and indirect environment can have damaging effects on your mental health and overall well-being.
It is because of this and the harmful and unforgiving nature of environmental pollutions that NATULIQUE is joining the World Environment Day and – in following the UN’s incentive – advocating for all the people that are affected globally.
Keep reading to find out all about this years’ theme and how you, as a salon owner, may be affected.
What is WED?
The 5th of June constitutes the official World Environment Day, which has been celebrated on this very date since 1974.
It started as an initiative from the United Nations to enhance awareness of environmental issues and thereby gives rise to the importance of taking respective political and social actions.
Over the decades, this day has obtained a global outreach and is recognised in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Each year the day has a different theme, official host country and call to action.
This year that topic is ‘Air Pollution’.
Why is Air Pollution a relevant issue?
Polluted air affects 9/10 people worldwide and causes a range of harmful secondary effects – from triggering allergies to inducing fatal illnesses.
One third of demises from strokes, lung cancer and heart diseases are due to air pollution.
Children are most at risk, with immune systems that aren’t fully developed yet, making them more susceptible to such medical conditions.
An insane 93% of children worldwide are currently breathing air that has been found to contain too high percentages of pollutants, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Air pollution also affects organisms, such as food crops and various animals.
Polluted air is an issue that will affect anyone in the vicinity, innocent victims and causal agents alike, as this kind of pollution is largely caused by negative externalities.
However, some areas are more affected than others, as poverty and air pollution go hand in hand, also bringing attention to issues such as social justice, overpopulation and global inequality.
The right to a healthy environment – and therefore also to clean air – is a human right. It enjoys constitutional status in over 100 countries, which is the strongest form of legal protection.
What causes Air Pollution?
Air pollution arises mainly from are agriculture, waste, our households, industries, and public transportation around the world.
The rearing of livestock in agriculture inevitably results in large methane emissions that greatly contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.
Furthermore, openly burning agricultural – or any other form of – waste releases harmful dioxins, furans, methane, and fine particulate matter like black carbon into the atmosphere.
In similar fashion, the main source of air pollution in households comes from the indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels to cook, heat and light our homes.
The power-generating industries, such as coal-burning power plants, are also majorly responsible for contributing to the contaminated air. An equally detrimental and perhaps the most known source of air pollution is carbon dioxide emissions through transportation vehicles.
How can you fight air pollution in your salon?
Air Pollution is a very complex topic that may encompass a number of factors contributing to the contaminated air. However, this also means that there is a multitude of ways in which we may counteract the effects and improve our environment; one person, one action and one day at a time – starting today.
Especially in salons, there are a many potential dangers to the air quality that you might not be aware of yet.
For example, formaldehyde and forms of mould on the walls and ceiling, laminated flooring, bonded carpets and the products used to clean these, emissions from ammonia use and other aggressive chemical products that leave traces in the air.
Especially from perming, straightening, colouring and fixation products.
Additionally, you might not be aware of organic pollutants, such as CO2, common bacteria and microbes as well as the circulation of outdoor air, which could already be polluted.
Especially in beauty salons and spas that do not only deal with hair but also general beauty procedures such as nail care, you need to be aware of the negative effects ingredients and tools in your environment may have on the air quality.
Particularly look to limit your usage of acetone, benzene, toluene, fiberglass and phthalates.
Did you know that 30% of cases of occupational asthma occur in the hairdressing sector? Many hairdressers become sensitised to chemical products, which ultimately impacts their ability to perform.
For all the negative influences on your salon’s air quality that you may not see or be able to control we would recommend installing an air purifier – that has shown to reduce particles, gases and odours – and improve overall ventilation.
However, for all the influences that you can manage, we want to lend a helping hand.
Because of all the dangers to a salon environment, which needs to be held to the same hygiene standards as the work our hair professionals do, NATULIQUE does its best to provide you with the tools to compromise neither on hair nor salon quality.
We produce a variety of organic, mild, ammonia free, naturally scented, PPD-, and Resorcinol-free and even vegan products with very few chemical ingredients in order to help you maintain and shape a healthy work environment for your employees and clients.
We task ourselves with providing a wholesome, carefree range, so that you and your customers do not need to worry about any extra factors contributing to an unhealthy environment in your salon.
But there are still many dangers to our health outside of the confines of what you can control in your salon. It takes many more people taking one action at a time to improve everyones’ air quality, environment and health and that’s where the NATULIQUE family comes in.
The UN has come up with ‘The Mask Challenge’ for this year’s World Environment Day under the hashtag #BeatAirPollution. For this challenge you can share a picture of yourself wearing any kind of face mask – feel free to get creative – and performing any action that you decided to take in order to reduce air pollution.
For example, using public transport, biking or walking, reducing your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions, compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash. You could switch to high-efficiency heating systems and equipment at home and in your salon, or choose non-toxic paints, furnishings, products and tools in your daily life.
Make a pledge to use recyclable materials in your salon, host a company tree planting day, introduce some green into your salon and home, make sure your power supply is based on renewable energy and much more.
Share the picture with the official hashtag #BeatAirPollution or our hashtag #BeatAirPollutionWithNATULIQUE to show you and your salon are part of the solution, not the problem.
If you would like to know more about air pollution, who it affects, what you can do and what is already being done check out the official website here.
Can you come up with more ways to reduce air pollution in salons? Can you get your clients to join the challenge?
Get to know more ways how to improve your salon´s ecological footprint in our other article.
Let’s come together as the NATULIQUE family to take action one step at a time!