We all love the hairdressing industry but we also know it has an ugly side too. We freely pour toxic hair colour down the sink, throw out used foils and colour tubes in the regular bin given they mostly can't be recycled, we use more plastic and paper than the other shops on the high street and we even throw valuable hair cuttings into the bin.
During the first lockdown I had lot's of time to think think about how it felt like the planet was resetting and healing Climate change, pollution and sustainability had never really been on the forefront of my mind but suddenly I began thinking of the world we live in and felt quite sad I decided its time to make a change It's time to take a stance and make small changes I'm not about to become a tree hugging ecco warrior I can start by setting an example to my piers and hopefully encouraging a movement No more money down the drain As a salon we had already been using disposable, biodegradable single use towels Saving the earth costs the earth, right? No we save on electricity, we save on replacing cotton towels, we save on water, detergents and even staff time! you have the most hygienic hair wash whilst helping us save the planet Its a BUM deal! We are proud to now be using 100% biodegradable plastic free toilet rolls by the fab company "who gives a crap?" We have also teamed up with 'The Green Salon Collective'
Founded by environmental experts, hairdressers & eco campaigners, GREEN SALON COLLECTIVE is the original authority on salon sustainability throughout the UK and Ireland This is how The Green Salon Collective are going to help us!
With our recycling system, we will soon be able to recycle almost every single piece of "rubbish" and turn it into something new. We have chosen to begin with hair and metal recycling to help you take one step further in becoming a sustainable salon.
We provide each salon with the separation kits, in-salon marketing, daily collections, ongoing support and ideas and education on all matters regarding sustainability.
Another thing we are proud to recycle is our profits.
100% of any money raised from recycling your raw materials or new products made from your waste goes to charity. By recycling our profits, every month we can support charities and organisations that are close to our hearts. These currently include the following:
The hair and beauty charity - Foodcycle - Haircuts 4 The Homeless - Tree Planting.
The biggest winner here is that we reward the planet. We are diverting easily recyclable materials that are currently being sent to landfill. These are materials such as aluminum foil which is a commodity that can be recycled an infinite amount of times. We'll also recycle your hair to ensure that it will be used to either help adsorb oil from our waterways, be added into gardeners composting mixes, or if it's long enough, be donated to wig making charities. There is absolutely no reason why either of these materials should be thrown away as general waste just to end up in the ground.
Life currently is like watching a film it just doesn't feel real!
What is real is that we have to get through this and that means adapting
When we went into the first lookdown we were going into unknown territory and the not knowing was scary! this time feels different as we have been here AND we got through!
I personally have taken the time to think and reflect on life and what's really important to me
As time goes by I realise that its less about me and more about the world and people around me
I want to know that I have at least tried a little even if only in baby steps
help make the world a better place for the generations to come
And yes it is just small steps but if we could all do a little the changes would be dramatic!
Most of the products we use in salon are already vegan friendly and biodegradable and cruelty free but I'm going to make it my mission to source new products to help make us more sustainable
We are bringing in refillable product bottles and looking at alternatives to single use plastics
If you come across any great alternatives or have any other ideas on how we could become more sustainable we would love to hear your thoughts
Looking forward to seeing you in December
Don't delay BOOK TODAY!
Amanda and Team Dry xxx
P.S I've just bought a self serve drinks machine for those that have been missing a brew
We will of course be recycling the cups :)