Ask your Hair Salon to do This.
Via Catherine Monkman
“This is a bag of leftover hair dye from about a week’s worth of appointments from my favorite hair salon.
“What’s even grosser, though, is that this bag of harsh chemicals is what would normally go down the drain at a typical salon each week.
I was browsing my Facebook feed and noticed a “recommended for you” post from a hair salon page that I’d liked. I don’t often see posts from many pages I follow, thanks to Facebook’s recent changes so it caught my eye and I clicked.
Nestled in among deals and updates from the salon was a post about Green Circle Salons.
Ooh, what is this?
Of course, being an editor for a mindful journal who loves cool eco stuff, I was immediately intrigued and did a bit of googling. Green Circle Salons essentially helps salons recycle and re-purpose materials that they normally aren’t able to—like hair and tin foil used for hair dyeing—so that less waste is sent to landfills and fewer chemicals enter our waterways. The more I learned, the more I was impressed that my go-to hair place was also into being eco-conscious. Guilt-free hair-dos? Hell yeah, bring it on!
A couple of interesting facts that caught my eye while reading through the literature Green Circle Salons provided:
“The population of New York City grows enough hair annually to clean up 12,609,000 liters of oil, enough to have cleaned up the entire Exxon Valdez spill.”
“Toronto Salons waste enough aluminum foil annually to manufacture 7,320 bicycle frames. If 7,320 more Torontonians biked to work, we would reduce carbon dioxide output by 43,920 tons.”
One of the easiest, laziest things we can do for our planet is vote with our dollars.
I already love this salon because of my experiences there, but now I’ll also keep coming back because they’re putting in more effort to do what’s right for the environment.
When I contacted my salon to ask about their decision to join, the salon’s manager Lindsey explained that while they had been doing some recycling, it didn’t seem like enough. So when they were given some information from their beauty supplier about Green Circle Salons, they jumped on it. “A rep from the company came from Calgary to present more…and we were automatically hooked on the idea and wanted to implement it in our salon.” Lindsey also mentioned that so far, clients have been supportive—instead of their yearly price increase, the salon asks for a small $1 to $2.00 fee to support the initiative.
Whether we’re buying food, stuff for our homes, makeup, clothing, getting our hair done, traveling, buying coffee—there is always a way to vote: by what we’re choosing to pay for, and how we consume it.
The more we ask for green choices, and the more we’re willing to pay for them, the more these options are made available by businesses. Therefore, any time we have the option to choose a more mindful way to be in this world, we need to take advantage of it.
I get it: changing our habits is hard. It takes practice and effort, and sometimes we’d rather just stick to our comfortable, easy ways of doing things. So, when businesses make it practically brainless for us to live greener, it’s on us to support them and help move the world forward—inch by inch.”
from My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver: We found this amazing article about Green Circle Salons at https://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/07/ask-your-hair-salon-to-do-this/ and just loved it! We, ourselves are proud to be one of the very first salons in Colorado to become a Green Circle Salon. This is truly what we are all about! We were super crazy about how we disposed of our waste before, but now with our partnership with Green Circle its so easy to recycle and responsibly dispose of all of our salon waste including our color tubes, our foils, old product, bottles, hair and even our used tools! We can’t get over the awesomeness!
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Working together to keep people AND our planet beautiful!
The Green Circle Salons Mission
We are a new company with a mission to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020. We are doing this in a way that is affordable and achievable and most importantly, impactful. We believe that over time – and with the help of guests and employees – small steps to transform each salon will make green conversion possible and sustainable.
Greenest in the Industry
Green Circle Salons brings together some of the best brands from across the salon and spa industry as a way to offer you and your family, responsible, greener choices when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. If you are looking to strike a greener balance and reduce your environmental impact in the pursuit to look and feel beautiful, take a look at our salon directory to find a Certified Green Circle Salon in your neighborhood.
Green Salon Directory
Our Directory offers a simple way to connect consumers with like-minded salons in their neighborhood.
Quickly access important details that will save you time and effort. Look for the green banner and get informed about specific promotions and savings opportunities – as a new client you can receive special incentives and promotions at participating salons! Find links to salon websites and social media pages to stay up to date on the latest news!
It’s not only about looking good and feeling good-it’s also about doing good!
Green Circle Salons sets very clear standards, and is an open, relationship‐focused company.
We believe in clear expectations, ethical business dealings, transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness. Fairness, honesty and integrity is our compass. We are a movement for positive green change that has substance but also style, learning, and creativity. By working together to understand the links between our actions and their consequences on the planet, we will prove the value in sourcing locally and increasing efficiency, while redirecting, recycling, and repurposing materials once destined for landfill.
We are committed to giving back 5% of our pre-tax profits to work with local and international organizations to support programs that create positive social and environmental change.
Imagine if we all just believe and act on the things we know. If we’re honest about how our actions have consequences on people and the planet. Imagine then, the differences we can make together. Today, undoubtedly, climate change is the challenge of our time. We recognize that environmental issues are not just a series of isolated events like deforestation, the landfill crises or air pollution. We are beginning to understand that environmental problems affect our economics, our social structure, and the health and wellbeing of humanity as a whole.