As a certified sustainable member salon,
Green Circle will ensure that 85-95% of our salon waste
is kept out of landfills and waterways, and managed
in an environmentally friendly way!
THANK YOU FOR BEING
PART OF THE MOVEMENT!
Dear valued guest,
The beauty industry poses many challenges to the environment, from sourcing of ingredients to disposal of packaging and products. Through our alignment with Green Circle Salons, we hope to ameliorate the ecological footprint we are making, and instead, implement simple green changes that will make both our salon, and our industry, more sustainable. We are proud of this new partnership and confident that as fellow stewards of the planet, you will support our initiative to help keep our communities cleaner and more vibrant places to live.
Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and colour tubes are not being recycled and are sent to landfill?
We were interested to learn that 95% of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and colour tubes that we use here in our salon. From now, in partnership with Green Circle Salons, we will take an environmentally responsible stand and ensure that all of our metals are properly recycled. This will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.
Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will mummify, continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas?
Through our partnership with Green Circle Salons, we will now be diverting all of this hair out of landfill and into other more sustainable projects. GCS, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways that hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications. It’s exciting to know that hair can be used on our oceans to help in oil spill clean-up and recovery projects. In 2010 Green Circle sent over 1000 lbs. of hair to the Gulf of Mexico to help in the clean-up of the BP oil spill.
Did you know that all excess chemicals including colour, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink and ultimately find their way into the water supply? This is the ugly truth of the industry. Our solution will be to send all excess colour waste to a hazardous waste facility where they will be incinerated with other chemical wastes. The ensuing heat that is created generates new sources of energy! All this while stopping these chemicals from ending up in our community’s water supply.
What is the environmental contribution for?
GCS developed this as a tool to financially enable salons and spas to finance their pathway to becoming greener. Their services make it achievable, the ECI will help make it affordable and possible for our salon. Our vision is to ensure that everyone has a role in change. To us, that means asking for change and contributing towards it. This helps us complete the circle!
The Green Circle Program also encourages other green initiatives for our business as well. These range from replacing incandescent lighting with energy efficient fluorescent or LED light bulbs, long term investments in solar power, installing energy efficient fans, instant hot water systems or solar thermal heating. All of these initiatives come at a cost and we want to be transparent with all our guests on the accountability of our new fee and why we have decided to implement it.
We believe that by taking these important and incremental steps now, we can pre-empt future fees that may come as a result of an emerging green economy and the ever-increasing cost of energy and environmental regulation. We are excited about being leaders in our community and the industry, and we are delighted that you care for our world as much as we do.
We look forward to growing a greener future together!
Green Circle Salon Q&A
Q1. What does Green Circle Salons do?
A1. GCS is a company with a mission to provide green solutions to the salon and spa industry. They do this in a way that is affordable, achievable and most importantly, with impact. They believe that small steps to transform each salon or spa, with the help of customers and employees, over time, will make that green conversion possible and sustainable. They offer an eco‐systems approach that looks at recycling, energy, lighting, water, cleaning products and the re‐purposing of hair‐ all parts of the salon or spa experience. To do this, they have their own branded services, but also work with best‐of‐class green product and service suppliers. They are also committed to giving back up to 5% of their pre‐tax profits to work with local and international organizations to develop and support programs that make creative environmental impact and lessons for positive change.
Q2. Why do I have to pay an eco fee on my final bill?
A2. GCS developed this as a tool to financially enable salons and spas to finance their pathway to becoming greener. Their services make it achievable, the Eco Stewardship Fee (ESF) will help make it affordable and possible. They, and we, feel that a small contribution from you, our customers, can help salons reduce our environmental impact, smoothly and affordably. The money goes to our salon/spa, in what we call the "Green Change Purse". But, with your contribution, we expect you to play a role by asking what we are doing with these funds. Our vision is to ensure that everyone has a role in change. To us, that means asking for change and contributing towards it. This helps us complete the circle!
Q3. So, where does my small contribution go? What is it spent on?
A3. Lets break it down. Here is how it works. A portion of the fee pays for the GCS recycling and collection program. Right now, hair, foils, and colour tubes get sent to landfill along with many other everyday materials. Excess chemical waste gets poured down the drain and pollutes our water bodies. GCS and our salon/spa community would like to prevent this from happening immediately. Also, many companies send plastics and paper to landfill. GCS with their collection trucks and working with a number of local recycling companies, will collect this waste, separated by the salon/spa, and ensure that it is bound for recycling, and ultimately, repurposing. GCS pays a carbon‐offset fee for the trucks to make sure that they are not producing additional carbon emissions in the process.
Now, what do we do with all of the hair? GCS is working with local non-profit groups, charities, businesses and governmental bodies to find solutions to re‐purpose hair. Those new purposes include hair and recycled nylons for the creation of oil booms, used in oil and chemical spills. Hair also has potential to be a good compost material so they are researching innovative, biologically friendly farming practices. This is exciting when you realize all the potential uses that can involve hair. Hair clearly has numerous cradle‐to‐cradle applications worth exploring. We will keep you posted!
Next, a portion will stay with our salon/spa to enable us to afford many other green changes. We call this the "Green Change Purse". We hope that you, our customers will support this change, and also ask what changes are being done with that support. GCS offers us a menu of products and services that include carbon‐offsetting solutions, green electricity, energy efficient salon specific lighting, eco-friendly printing, and they are sourcing the right companies that will look at various other ways to reduce our salon’s environmental footprint.
Q4. Will all of this make a difference? Will it be meaningful?
A4. Yes it will. First, we feel that we are part of a multi‐win scenario. You, our customer, wins by contributing to, and experiencing a more positive green experience each time you come to visit this salon/spa. We win by becoming competitively greener, and offering a green workplace and experience for our clients. Our employees have a forward looking and proactive workplace they can be proud of every day. Society wins with the GCS commitment to give back and reinvest 5% of their pre‐tax profits to issues related to local habitat, women and children, environmental innovation, and the salon/spa industry. The planet wins when all of the contributors to this simple formula for change are helping to reduce each of their environmental footprints.
Importantly, it is the impact of every person, every time they participate in a salon, spa or health and wellbeing experience that gets added together. Just think‐when you have thousands of businesses, with hundreds of clients each month having cuts, colourings and other services performed‐think of what that adds up to! It's big. It's so big that GCS releases annual statements showing the incredible amount of waste being diverted – an achievement that we can all share in together.
Q5. So, that's fine, but what if I still do not wish to pay anything more on my bill?
A5. If you genuinely feel that this green shift is something that you cannot support, then that's fine with us. We do hope that you reconsider. As you see the changes that are being made, think about whether it would make an impact on your own well‐being or that of your children. Think about the difference a couple of years from now, if thousands of people across Canada participate in these changes. Again, together with GCS, we believe that everyone making a small step equals a giant leap for our planet. We are simply planting the seeds now; in that way, we can watch our communities grow to be healthier, more vibrant places to live in the future.
Q6. What more can you tell us about Green Circle Salons?
A6. GCS sets very clear standards and is a very open and relationship‐focused partner. They believe in clear expectations, ethical business dealings, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and open communications. Fairness, honesty and integrity is their compass. GCS actually has an "Integrity Agreement" that our salon/spa has signed, rather than a standard detailed contract. They do this because they believe that they only win and succeed when everyone wins and succeeds. They are also planning some exciting public education and community give‐back programs that will be announced on their website. www.greencirclesalons.ca. GCS understands that building a movement for change needs to have substance but also style, learning, fun and creativity. Feel free to contact them at anytime, they welcome your thoughts.