green circle salons
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Green Circle Salons starting on August 2nd, 2019! They offer a recycling and repurposing program that helps to reuse hard-to-recycle salon items and divert up to 95% of the waste produced in a salon environment. This even includes hair, which they use to create “hair booms” to soak up oil spills or to be made into pillows for international aid efforts. Leftover chemical residue can be converted into new sources of energy instead of just being rinsed down the drain to enter waterways. Color tubes and foils, as well as aerosol spray cans, are not currently able to be recycled by regular programs and end up in landfills- but they can be used to make new metal. By supporting our salon, our clients have the peace of mind knowing that they are taking meaningful steps to keeping our communities and environment healthy. Reducing your carbon footprint and having a great hair day all rolled into one!
Starting on August 2nd, 2019, all hair clippings, extensions, any excess color and developer, papers and plastics, foils, aerosol cans and color tubes from ananda will be collected by GCS - effectively cutting down our salon’s total waste by 85-95%!
This positive change will also mean that every appointment involving a chemical service will include a $2 eco fee, and every non-chemical appointment will include a $1 eco fee. We are so excited to have your help in making beauty more sustainable and holding ourselves accountable for the impact we have on our planet!
What does this fee go toward?
The eco fee pays for the recycling and collection program. gcs pays a carbon-offset fee for the trucks they use to make sure they’re being responsible with carbon emissions, as well. It pays for the processing of the recycling, the chemicals, repurposing the hair, research on how else we can utilize leftover hair and possible composting options, and employing people to do these things.
what else is there to know about green circle salons?
-They’re very transparent and open about what they’re using this money for and what they’re doing. They release annual statements about how much waste they’ve offset, and if you’d like to see what they’re doing their website is a wonderful place to get that information!
-They strive to stay local and use local buyers for recycling purposes when possible.
-They employ women in minimum security prisons with short-term sentences to make the hair booms for soaking up oil. They hope is also to train these women in HAZMAT deployment and cleanup to teach them an extra skill to help with possible employment opportunities. Some of these were used in the massive 2010 BP oil spill.
-They also create emergency bedding for international aid, and have sent some to the earthquake victims in Haiti.
-Funds raised from the sale of repurposed metal are channeled into social and environmental opportunities in the place from which the metal was collected.
-Chemicals are neutralized and the water content is removed and purified, and can be reused after meeting state regulations. Successfully neutralized chemicals are used to make industrial oil.
-They give back and reinvest 5% of their pre-tax profits to issues related to local habitat and environment, environmental innovation, women’s and children’s issues, and the salon industry.
davines, the brand that we use and carry in ananda, is also a partner of green circle salons and encourages their carriers to link up with GCS as well.
Since their conception in 1983, davines has been driven by their passion for sustainable beauty. not only are they concerned with minimizing their impact on the environment, but also with making their products as effective as possible to reduce waste, their dedication to the safety of their consumers, and the safety and happiness of the people they employ.
the davines village in italy is even designed to minimize the use of artificial lighting, uses photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and geothermic units, and is equipped with control systems to monitor their energy consumption. a cement that mimics the photosynthesis process has been used in their buildings- It’s called TX and is able to hold onto the fine dusts and then break them down, canceling the negative impact. they also sanitize their mixing units with water vapor instead of chemical substances.
davines is a certified b corporation and invites all of their distribution partners to strive for this as well. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
35% of their packaging is bio-based or recycled, and their essentials line is food safe so you can use your conditioner tubs as tupperware containers! they offset 96% of their co2 emissions in 2017 and set yearly goals for themselves for this and many other sustainability efforts. 100% of their electricity came from renewable resources.
they’re very transparent about all of this and love to share what they’re doing with their consumers, so they come out with a sustainability report every year that you can find online that has so much wonderful information on what they’re doing and how they’re doing it.
davines has remained carbon neutral since 2017. they have a ban on single use plastics in the davines village, and 95% of their solid waste is recycled or recovered. they share these ideals with their salons and are always encouraging us to find new ways to reuse things and telling us about their efforts in the materials they send us. we’re very proud to be a davines salon, and their passion for sustainability was a large factor in our decision to use and carry their products in ananda.