Salons are historically big offenders when it comes to toxic pollutants and water usage. 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 done some things to reduce plastic usage too, like ditching plastic water bottles for clients in favor of filtered water coolers and recyclable paper cups. We’ve also brought in product lines from boutique (small) companies that feature mostly glass and metal containers along with foil pouches for refills. Sometimes huge global companies don’t get the credit they deserve for their green initiatives, but two of our biggest suppliers, KAO (Goldwell and other brands) and Loreal have rolled out major eco efforts in the past few years. When global corporations get on the green band wagon, the impact can be like thousands of small businesses joined in all at once.
In addition to recycling, we also use 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.