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Running a Green Salon

Salon owners have to find many ways to make their business unique and appealing to customers. One of the items on the salon owner’s to-do list should be finding eco-friendly solutions to their business. It’s appealing to eco-conscious consumers, and you can save money by running a green salon.

Recycling

Beauty products come in plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. Salon owners who recycle are making a positive impact on our environment. Sort and discard plastic, cardboard and paper into the proper bins for the city to remove on trash day. If the business produces waste that won’t fit into a bin, you can order larger bins from local trash companies.

Hair Donations

If you run a hair salon, you can provide hair to a variety of charities that will use it for hairpieces. Adults and children suffer through cancer and other conditions which result in hair loss. You could hold an event at your salon specifically for donations, or keep the hair from a customer who is having more than six inches removed. Some charities use hair donations of any length to make mats that absorb oil after an oil spill.

Earth Friendly Products

From soy candles to seaweed and mud spa treatments, there are eco-friendly solutions that can be used instead of standard alternatives rich in chemicals. Threading and sugaring are new trends in beauty treatments. They have almost no impact on the environment. One of the biggest changes you can make for your business is to use spray bottles instead of aerosol cans of hair products. It’s better for the environment, and it’ll help the health of you and your employees too.

Water Conservation

Salons and spas use gallons and gallons of water each day. Low flow faucets will save money and water in the long run. Keep a close eye on your water consumption. If you see a spike in your water bill, be sure you don’t have a leak. When washing towels and other clothing, be sure there’s a full load in each cycle.

Energy Savings

The biggest way to save energy is to change your traditional bulbs for green lighting. Although the energy-efficient bulbs can be more expensive than traditional bulbs, they will last longer while using less energy. Use natural light as much as possible too.

An eco-friendly salon will save you money in the long run. It’ll be healthier for your employees and customers while having a greener impact on the planet. Whether you’ve started your business already, or haven’t opened your doors yet, it’s important to think about the future of your business as well as the future of our environment.