Feature some potted plants in your salon (possibly using recycled Essential Haircare containers as vases). The oxygen produced by green plants helps to balance out carbon dioxide emissions and they will make your salon more attractive.
USE RENEWABLE ENERGY
On average, you save 600g (21 oz.) of CO2 per KW of electricity consumed when you use renewable energy, as opposed to energy deriving from fossil fuels. Contact your local utility company for more information.
Always turn off the tap when massaging in products during a hair wash and have a flow reducer fitted to the tap: this is an inexpensive device that can reduce your water bill by 50%.
Study the labels on the detergents you are thinking of buying, and choose the most environmentally friendly ones. This will reduce water pollution.
USE LOW-ENERGY LIGHTING
Choose light bulbs marked CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights). They last 10 times longer and use 66% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
WASH LINENS IN COLD WATER
Using your washing machine’s cold-water program avoids producing large quantities of CO2 (and your linens come out just as clean).
REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR SALON'S WINDOWS
Make the most of the natural light and reduce your electricity bill to a
minimum by keeping the salon’s windows clean.
The natural light is ideal for reading your client’s colour.
ONLY USE YOUR WASHING MACHINE WHEN IS FULL
Wait until your washing machine is full with towels and other linens
before you run it. This is a simple way to conserve both energy and
INVEST IN WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS
Instead of offering clients bottled water – and adding to the already enormous amount of plastic being recycled daily – invest in a water purification system that connects directly the pipes under your salon’s kitchen sink and purifies tap water. There are numerous companies that offer these systems, from very basic designs to more elaborate models.
INSTALL AUTOMATIC HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
By setting the thermostat just 2°C (4°F) lower in winter and regulating for a temperature 2°C higher in summer, a salon can reduce its CO2 emissions by 499 kg (1,100 lb) annually. When you set the thermostat, think of the environment.
Equip your salon with recycling bins for paper, plastics, glass, hair-colouring tubes and foils for meches.
DON’T USE THROW-AWAY ITEMS
Buying items made to last is one of the simplest ways of cutting down on waste and saving the energy required to dispose of them.
TAKE PART TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
Look into organizations that allow you to donate hair for environmental clean-up projects.