Is Your Salon Contributing to Environmental Sustainability?

Use these simple steps to help reduce your business' negative impact on the environment – remember, it’s easy being green!

Recyle What You Use
Most cities should have a recycling program, whether it’s for paper, aluminum, plastic, or glass; you may need to call your local government agencies to find out, or ask your landlord to participate. In addition, remember that you can recycle electronic and office products.

Reduce What You Use:

  • Where possible avoid printing hard copies in general, unless absolutely necessary
  • Do as much of your communication as digitally or electronically as possible
  • Turn off equipment when not in use
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs

Use Green Products:

  • If you do print, use recycled paper!
  • Try using biodegradable ‘corn’ cups or ‘potato’ cutlery in the break room
  • Use green cleaning supplies

Encourage Alternative Ways of Commuting:
Whether cycling, carpooling or telecommuting, encourage your employees to save as much energy and money as possible when getting to and from work.

Switch to Green Energy:
There are a number of alternative energy providers on the market whose fees are not very different from those of your local fossil-fuel power plant that are worth considering.

Build Green:
If your business is large enough to own or build your own salon, you can make a significant positive impact on the environment, your local community, and your own operating expenses by ‘greening’ your existing building or building green from scratch using sustainable materials.

Market Responsibly:
Green marketing can encompass anything from reducing print materials and increasing online outreach, to working with publishers to reduce your carbon output, to hiring a firm that specializes in the field.

Here are some quick questions to ask yourself to help get you started:

  • What is my ecological/carbon footprint?
  • What can I use less of?
  • What can’t I use less of, and are there greener/more affordable options?
  • What can I reuse or fix instead of throwing away?
  • What can I recycle?
  • Do I have any clients, employees or partners who would support my company/help share the cost of green initiatives?
  • Are there governmental or non-profit organisations that will help support my green initiatives, either through supplies, services or tax incentives?