Today more than ever, consumers vote with their dollars.
By doing so they are literally channeling their spending into responsible brands and services that support healthy communities and a healthy planet!
Green Circle Salons provides the world’s first, and North America’s only, sustainable salon solution to recover and repurpose beauty waste ensuring that “we can help keep people and the planet beautiful.”
When Delta Bayer the owner of Salon X, heard about Green Circle, her interest was piqued. “Seeing all the garbage that was thrown out daily, was frustrating,” she says. “We didn’t have a lot of recycling options before Green Circle and even ended up loading up my husband’s truck, to recycle elsewhere.”
Now recycling is simple at Salon X. Green Circle has set them up with all the materials they need to successfully recycle almost everything.
Cardboard boxes, labeled for metals, plastics, paper and hair, are on the salon floor and in the back room. Delta has simply labeled the boxes to indicate what they are for, and explains to clients that they’re a sustainable salon.
Delta has always included environmentally friendly products – from low ammonia hair colour to the eco-conscious Kevin Murphy line – in her salon, so the move into the Green Circle program was a natural fit.
Green Circle Salons has set out to transform participating salons into fully sustainable businesses.
By transforming beauty waste into a desirable commodity through an award-winning platform built by the industry, for the industry, the program allows salons to repurpose and recover up to 95% of the resources that were once considered waste; materials such as hair, leftover hair color, foils, color tubes, aerosol cans, paper and plastics.
“The hair goes to making pet beds.” Delta explained as she showed me the tiny amount of garbage the salon now generates weekly, since joining the program.
Literally overnight, the program adds layers of value that enhance both the client and staff experience, and publicly position member salons as responsible stewards of our planet.
Green Circle focuses primarily on three things: helping salons be genuinely green, helping them build revenue and helping them gain new clients through its green salon directory.
When a salon signs on with Green Circle Salons, a one-time fee is required, and if the owner wants the salon to be in the green directory, an additional one-time fee is paid. That initial fee pays for shipping materials including marketing kits. After a salon is on board, a representative from Green Circle Salons comes in and does a 45-minute orientation with the team.
“They explain that being green means you’ll recycle hair clippings, foils, chemicals, paper, plastic, batteries, lights—that’s 85 to 95 percent of salon waste!” Says Delta.
“We charge an environmental fee to each client that ranges from $1-$2,” she explains. “A portion goes to Green Circle to run their program, and the remaining money stays in the salon to reinvest in technology—like LED lighting or solar panels—to make the business more sustainable.”
There are so many things salons can do to reduce their carbon footprint and Green Circle have created this funding mechanism for that, including suggesting salons set up a “green” savings account specifically for these funds and at the end of the year—before taxes – to spend on helpful technology.
By collecting, recycling and repurposing a salon or spa’s hair clippings, used foils, color-tubes, excess hair color, papers and plastics, glass, and spa waste, and diverting them from landfills and waterways, Green Circle Salons are on the cutting edge of the future of the Beauty Industry.
For more on Salon X and all they offer, please visit their site linked below.
To discover more about Green Circle, their site is linked here as well.
All photos taken by Delta Bayer