Beauty Mark in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. has become the first salon in Canada’s territories to join Green Circle Salons. The quaint, two-chair salon plans on recycling 95 per cent of its waste, with salon owner Troy Bellefontaine footing the bill to get his salon’s program up and running. “I’ve always been interested in environmental issues, and we try to do everything we can to make as little impact on the environment,” he says. “Once we can give clients the data on how much waste we have diverted from the landfill, we will start implementing the fee.” Green Circle Salons adds the Environmental Contribution Initiative (ECI) fee to each client’s bill to support the cost of the salon’s eco-conscious changes. However Bellefontaine says that once the ECI fee is implemented, he plans to transport the recyclable waste himself to Edmonton (when he travels to pick up supplies every two to three months), which will reduce his clients’ ECI fees in half. Bellefontaine says he also plans on travelling to Yellowknife to encourage more salons to get on board with recycling. “It just takes one person to show people how easy it is,” he says. “When you look at the amount of hair and foil one salon puts out, it might seem insignificant, but there are a lot of issues that people may not think are important until you make them aware.”
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