In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few tips that can easily be applied to your salon and make a big impact on the environment. As philosopher Edmund Burke once said, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Here are 5 simple ideas to start implementing green practices in your salon today:
Light the Way
Light your way to a sustainable salon. Natural light is actually the most flattering to show off your customer’s hair and skin. If you need some extra shine, try LED light bulbs. While they may cost a bit more initially, they will save you money in the long run—LED lights last longer and save energy.
Keep It Clean
Wait until you have a full load of towels before washing them—this will save time, energy, and water simultaneously (a win-win-win)! Why not opt for a more natural detergent? This will be gentler on your client’s skin, as well as on the environment. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even DIY your daily cleaning products using natural ingredients like lemon, vinegar, baking soda, and coconut oil.
Strike a Balance
Not too cold, not too hot: make sure your central air is adjusted to provide a comfortable temperature for your clients and your staff. Turning your thermostat down by just a couple degrees can prevent the emission of nearly 499 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year!
Send invoices, appointment confirmations, invitations and flyers by e-mail rather than printing them out. Eliminate the use of paper forms by creating a digital version to store all of your client’s information. Bonus: the info will never get lost and you can access it from wherever you are!
Become a Green Circle Salon
Consider joining Green Circle, a comprehensive recycling and re-purposing program for salons. GCS ensures that hair, foils, color tubes, plastics, papers, and excess hair color waste get diverted out of our landfills and waterways. Visit their website for more information.
Keep in mind that consumers are increasingly looking to spend their money at sustainable businesses. Starting with these small steps will not only help the environment, but also positively impact your business by improving efficiency, saving money, and attracting new clients.