Finding a ‘Green’ Salon in Your Hood by Chryso D'Angelo, July 02 2014, 0 Comments

More and more hair and beauty salons are greening their spaces by producing less waste and recycling and repurposing, thanks to Green Circle Salons (GCS). The Toronto-based company was founded in 2009 by President and CEO Shane Price, who says the goal was to help the salon and beauty industry make a positive difference in reducing their environmental impact. What a breath of fresh (h)air!

The average salon produces 821.76 kilograms of waste annually, according to GCS. The company’s mission is to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020—and they are well on their way. Currently, more than 15 salons in Illinois, New York and Arizona have joined the nearly 500 Green Circle Salons in Canada.

“We decided to start the program because as a salon we believe in bette
ring our community by helping set an eco-friendly standard,” says George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago, in Chicago, IL. The GCS Collection, Recycling and Re-Purposing Program ensures that 95% of waste is reprocessed so that hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics and liquid chemicals stay out of water streams and landfills.

“Prior to being introduced to Green Circle Salons, our salon was wasting color-tubes, foils, hair, and paper. Now these valuable items are being recycled and enhancing the environment and salon,” says Gonzalez.

“Our waste bins are strategically placed to make the recycling process as effortless as throwing out the trash.It only takes a few extra steps throughout the day to make sure that the items are recyclable-friendly.” Gonzalez says that clients are happy about the change because they feel their
small contribution provides a big impact on the environment.

GCS, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications, including using it to help clean up oil spills in our oceans. Also, excess chemicals, including color, perm solutions and ammonia that otherwise get rinsed down the sink and into water streams can be sent to a hazardous waste facility and used to produce clean energy.

Visit GCS to find a location in your area. In the meantime, stay eco-conscious at home by purchasing eco-friendly hair products that leave out parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance and color. My latest faves include Zosimos Botanicals Apple Orchard Shampoo ($20) and Conditioner ($20), which leave my hair squeaky-clean and smelling great! Follow up with a weekly cleanse of John Masters Organics Herbal Cider Hair Clarifier & Color Sealer ($17), which eliminates residue buildup and leaves hair soft and tangle-free.