With the U.K planned ban on plastic straws and other single use plastics I thought this would be a good time to discuss what we do & what you can do to protect the environment, especially our oceans & rivers against plastic waste plus how we as a small business work towards offsetting our carbon footprint.
Firstly, staff training nothing can be more wasteful than the team that work with you! Educate your team in meetings discussing the benefits of becoming a sustainable salon, ask for their input on what you can do to reduce single use plastic and minimise your salons carbon footprint. At Fabulous Hair we now no longer use disposable plastic capes, aprons, gloves or caps for colours but use washable & reusable ones. Plastic carrier bags used for salon product purchases are being replaced with biodegradable paper bags. We encourage customers to change the way they purchase products asking them to consider buying bigger bottles of shampoo/ conditioner helping to reduce monthly plastic waste.
We are currently working on a refill bar where clients can return their empty bottles of shampoo and we refill at a reduced cost again saving on plastic waste. Unfortunately, not all single use plastics can be eliminated, but we are constantly looking for alternatives and hope manufactures will offer business alternatives soon. With the help of Paul Mitchell, we support No Animal Testing, Reforest Action and Waterkeeper Alliance all of this can be found on our website. Our next article we will look more in depth on what hair salons can do to reduce their carbon footprint and how we work with a company committed to planting over 750,000 trees by end of 2019.
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