Eco-friendliness and sustainability have been buzzwords in the salon industry for more than a decade, but being green is now more than a trend; it’s a responsibility. Climate change and its implications for our environment are a major worry, and salon owners are acutely aware of their duties toward cleaner, more sustainable business operations as big contributors to trash. Creating easy and sustainable behavior that you and your employees can keep is the key to lowering your carbon footprint.
Begin with the fundamentals
Because our sector has such a big carbon impact, we as salon and spa owners have a responsibility to do our part to help the environment. The amount of perishable waste goods that we all produce is enormous, so this is a fantastic place to start. If you want to go a step further, you can buy biodegradable consumables from companies that sell organic and fair-trade cotton wool and tissues.
Reduce the use of plastics
Other basic measures, such as placing recycling bins in prominent locations, can be extremely beneficial. It might be as basic as urging your guests to recycle to become more an environmentally friendly salon. Our spa brochures are printed on recycled paper with vegetable ink dyes, and we provide recycling bins throughout the spa and in our spa apartments. We are largely paperless by directing guests to our website and e-materials, but our spa brochures are printed on recycled paper with vegetable ink dyes.
When you utilise renewable energy instead of fossil fuel-derived energy, you save 600g (21 oz.) of CO2 per KW of power utilised.
Set the temperature to a comfortable level. You can save up to 5% on heating costs by lowering your thermostat by one degree in the 60-70 degree range. Reduce the temperature by 4°F / 2°C in the winter and raise it by the same amount in the summer to avoid the emission of roughly 1,100 pounds / 499 kilos of CO2.
Set up recycling bins for paper, plastics, glass, hair-coloring tubes, and mech foils in your salon. Look for local organisations that will use your hair for wigs and other purposes. Contact your local government to learn how to recycle in your area and to have recycling bins placed in handy areas.
Purchase long-lasting items
Purchasing things for your salon that are well-designed and constructed to last is one of the simplest methods to eliminate waste. It may be more convenient to buy disposable items, resulting in a massive quantity of physical waste as well as the loss of energy required to manufacture and decompose them. Donate or trade unwanted but useable salon fixtures, supplies, and other goods.
Nix the Paper and Plastic
Use ceramic coffee mugs and dishes that can be washed instead of paper or plastic when serving drinks and snacks to your customers. It cuts down on waste. Use recycled paper when printing marketing/promotional items and business cards.