Salons are historically big offenders when it comes to toxic pollutants and wasting water. We don’t know if any salon can really call itself a “green salon”, but we’re doing our part to help.
Keith Kristofer participates in the Green Circle Salons initiative which recycles 100% of our hair color, chemical products, foils and hair. This program along with our city recycling program (plastics, paper, cardboard and metals), gets us to our 95% recycling goal. The Green Circle Program isn’t cheap, but it’s the only one in the country that recycles hair color and other chemicals. Salons that don’t participate in Green Circle, (most of them), wash excess color and other chemicals down the drain into the water treatment plants that clean our drinking water.
We’ve also done some things to reduce plastic usage, like ditching plastic water bottles for clients in favor of filtered water coolers and recyclable paper cups. We’ve also invested in two product lines, (Hairstory and Cult + King), that feature mostly glass and metal containers along with foil pouches for refills.
In addition to recycling, we also have the EcoHeads water saving shower heads at our shampoo bowls. These high tech “sprayers” lower water usage by about 65%, resulting in not only less water usage, but also less energy required to treat it once it reaches the treatment plant.