How to make your salon more environmentally friendly. Plastic free July is a global movement encouraging everyone to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, o...
Plastic free July is a global movement encouraging everyone to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. In light of plastic free July, we wanted to share our top tips on how to take steps to becoming a more environmentally friendly salon.
Start off with the basics, replacing single use plastics with paper alternatives wherever possible. Instead of having single use plastic cups at water stations replace these with paper cups which can be recycled. Encourage your staff to bring in reusable water bottles to use throughout the day. Think of sourcing biodegradable alternatives for everyday salon essentials such as cotton buds, cotton wool, tissue, and couch roll.
Personal protective equipment is still being widely used by many as salons adjust to the new normal and for many people, it will forever be a part of their preparations for treatments. There are now many companies selling plastic free PPE options to help reduce the plastic wastage coming from the increased use in all industries. Or where plastic free options aren’t available opting for reusable face masks and material aprons will significantly reduce your salons plastic usage.
Going paper free at your salon is not only a good way to reduce your impact on the environment but also can help to save money. Switching to online booking tools and digital price lists helps to cut down on paper waste and reduces overheads in printing every time you have a change in price.
Make informed decisions about the products you use in your salon such as shampoo and conditioner bars. These are some of the most sustainable and eco-friendly hair products because they are zero waste. Bars are often much more concentrated than traditional bottled products, which is a bonus as they last much longer and in turn, result in less plastic bottles ending up in landfills.
It may seem obvious but having a general sustainable ethos in your salon starts with your staff. The more you speak about the measures you have in place to reduce your impact on the environment the easier it will become.
We are all aware of the impact that plastic is having on our environment, implementing these simple steps in the day to day running of your business can make a huge difference.