Salon owners and employees regularly transform clients, but now they can transform the salon itself to become a zero waste establishment. By joining the Zero Waste program from recycling pioneer TerraCycle, salon owners can collect and recycle everything from empty product tubes and bottles, old brushes and combs, latex gloves and even human hair.
TerraCycle offers a several Zero Waste Boxes that can help salons reduce their environmental impact.
- Personal Care Accessories Box, which hold brushes, combs, pics, clips, bobby pins, hair ties, empty shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, gel packaging, non-pressurized hair spray bottles, wax jars, pomade tins, hair dye packaging, blow-dryer attachments like combs and diffusers, and pedicure kits.
- Nitrile and Latex Gloves Box, which holds gloves used for hair color application or pedicures
- Human Hair Box, which holds clippings, extensions or wigs made of human hair
Zero Waste Boxes can be purchased at http://zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com for $27.70 to $103.95, depending on the size. Once salon owners receive a box for the waste stream of their choosing, they can start collecting. Once the box is full, it is shipped to TerraCycle for processing. The shipping cost is included in the price.
According to Tamara Jercha, Sustainability Consultant and Founder of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons and Spas, “There was a time when eco-friendly salons and spas were considered innovators. But when market demand leads CEOs of large corporations to go beyond compliance and leave the earth a better place, the professional salon industry cannot lag behind. It is time for this billion dollar industry, capable of influencing all others by the shear multitude of people it comes in contact with daily, to lead by example, create and implement sustainable business practices.”
For more information, please visit www.terracycle.com