Did you know every day the Northern American salon industry creates 421,206 pounds of waste?! That is over 150 million pounds of trash each year!!! All of this waste is ending up in landfills and oceans.
Over the past few years I have been exploring ways to reduce the amount of waste I produce in the salon. I feel like I have finally got to a fully sustainable place and I wanted to share that with you today!
The biggest area hairdressers produce waste is in hair color, that is why I use Davines Hair Color. Davines is a sustainable company, using natural based ingredients and raw materials without depleting them, while minimizing waste and impact. All of their packaging is 100% recyclable and made out of recycled material. They are becoming a leader in hair-color and styling products.
As some of you may know I no longer us foil for highlighting hair, I now use Eco-Wraps. Eco-Wraps are a sustainable highlighting strip made from a renewable tapioca base that is non-toxic and degradable.
I also do not use disposable gloves, I only use reusable gloves and capes.
Over a year ago I introduced you to my new favorite product line ELEVEN Australia. ELEVEN is an Australian based company all about sustainability. All products are 100% recyclable, PETA approved, and they partner with suppliers who reduce plastic use, utilize recycled packaging, use solar energy, and reduce water consumption.
There are a lot of ways for you at home to reduce your carbon footprint in your hair care. Here is a simple list of practices you can begin to hold:
1) Don't wash your hair everyday, reduce your water usage by reducing how much you wash your hair.
2) Recycle unused products. Do you have products hibernating in your cupboard? Go donate them to a women's shelter, homeless shelter, or your family members.
3) Empty bottles, recycle them, or ask your salon to refill them. I offer refills on all empty shampoo/conditioner bottles.
4) On your days off let your hair air dry, save energy by not blow drying your hair.
5) Eliminate plastics by using a shampoo bar.
It's only takes a few small steps to become more conscious around our waste production.
If you have any tips or tricks you practice to reduce waste in your beauty routine, let me know, I would love to share that with others.
Until next time,
THE GEOGRAPHY OF HAIR
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