With clients awareness at an all-time high, we chatted with salon owners and brands who are doing their part to create more eco-conscious salon environments.
It All Begins With Good Design
“Your design needs to have your environmental message displayed in every aspect throughout the salon. Show your love of the nature you are trying to protect, and have some well- loved plants as decoration, which also helps purify air from chemical odours.” — Chantelle Pasychny, designHouse Salon, Victoria, B.C.
“Try to use locally sourced materials where possible, choose eco-friendly paint and even create a living wall, which we have in our salon.” — Chantelle Pasychny
Don’t Just Go With the Flow
“Purchasing Ecoheads showerheads greatly reduced our flow of water, helped to increase its pressure and also clarified the water.” — Chantelle Pasychny
“We switched to a gas tankless water heater when replacing our water heater. It saves on utility bills and water waste overall. Having a filtered water head for your sinks offers cleaner water and controlled water pressure, which also cuts down on waste.” — Alicia Lumsden, Queen’s Shop Fine Hairdressing, Toronto
“Get your water flow checked and adjust it at the sink. Make sure your washing machine is energy-efficient and uses the least amount of water necessary.” — Chantelle Pasychny
Clean Up the Salon Cleaners
“Switch to green, biodegradable, sustainably sourced, local (if possible) cleaning products and supplies. Don’t forget your toilet paper, too. And buy bulk or refill sizes.”—Alicia Lumsden
Electrical Costs Can Be Shocking
“Even small changes including automatic light sensors for low traffic areas like the bathroom and lunch room make a difference. We also have stickers on all switches to remind staff that all lights need to be turned off at night.” — Chantelle Pasychny
“We are Bullfrog powered because we believe in sustainable energy sourcing. Any small step we can do today will help us all move in a good direction. Don’t worry about changing everything right now; simply a shift in our awareness changes our future actions.” — Alicia Lumsden
Get Your Team On Board
“Regular education on our sustainable ethics and ongoing and new environmental initiatives are presented at staff meetings. We make our salon policies reflect our ethics with sustainable practices.” — Chantelle Pasychny
“First and foremost, we look for a team that is naturally passionate about the environment and community when we hire. We also have created clear instruction manuals and keep notes posted in the salon to serve as reminders to everyone.” — Alicia Lumsden