Salon Resource Group chops waste output with conversion to Green Circle recycling program

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Head Shoppe, HS Studio Salon-Spa among salons switching to greener practices 
 
(Press Release) HALIFAX, NS -- The Maritimes’ largest chain of hair salons and spas has taken a significant step to reduce the waste it sends to landfill. Salon Resource Group, owner of The Head Shoppe, HS Studio Salon-Spa, Vitality Medi Spa, Vibe Salon Medi-Spa and HDC Hair & Esthetics School of Cosmetology, recently signed on with Green Circle Salons to re-use and recycle most of the waste from its 21 salons in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 
 
According to Green Circle Salons, the North American hair and esthetics industry produces 420,000 pounds of waste each day. Salons and spas traditionally had to throw away the hair, foils, leftover colour and tubes. The Green Circle program is set up to collect and divert most of these materials.
 
“As the largest network of salons and spas in this region, we need to take the lead in reducing our carbon footprint as an industry, and the time is now. By joining the network of Green Circle Salons, we can divert around 70 to 90 per cent of what we used to send to landfill,” said Salon Resource Group owner and president Peter Mahoney. “Our goal is to make our salons and spas 100 per cent sustainable by 2020. This would include both the hair and esthetics side of our business.”
 
At each of the salons and spas, the by-products of a haircut and colour are sorted into respective bins then shipped to Maritime Beauty Supply for reuse and environment-friendly recycling. Hair is packed into boxes and couriered to be re-purposed to create mats, called oil booms, that can absorb oil spills.
 
“Hair absorbs oil and can be wrung out and re-used. Foils and aluminum tubes can be used multiple times when specially recycled,” said Scott Moon, regional education director for Green Circle Salons. “The hair colour no longer needs to be rinsed down the sink into our local water systems.  An innovative waste-to-energy solution allows all the hair colour by-product to be transformed into energy through a specialized incineration process.”
 
The Head Shoppe, HS Studio Salon-Spa, Vitality Medi Spa and Vibe Salon Medi-Spa will charge a $1 environmental fee to each client having a haircut or colour service. The majority of that fee pays for the Green Circle program, and the remaining money will be reinvested in environmental upgrades to make the salons even more sustainable.
 
Salon Resource Group also converted its HDC Hair & Esthetics School of Cosmetology, the largest training facility for hair and esthetics in the Maritimes. Mahoney says environmental awareness and practices will be part of the culture from day one, making it second nature for stylists as they begin their careers.
 
Laura Silver is one of the owners of the Head Shoppe in Moncton. She says the new Green Circle sorting program was easy to adopt and she feels good about doing more for the environment.  
 
“We have labelled bins in convenient places throughout the salon. It’s easy to just dump the colour into a special plastic bag, rather than pour it down the drain or throw it in the garbage. When we remove the foils from a client’s hair, we put them in the right bin and Green Circle picks it up on a regular basis. Beauty is our business and I’m happy to be able to make the environment more beautiful as well.”
 
About Green Circle Salons
Green Circle Salons offers a simple but powerful green strategy that helps salons reduce their eco-footprint, save money, and gain new customers looking for genuine green options. It offers a proven pathway for members to achieve success in the short term and be sustainable into the future. Most importantly, Green Circle Salons makes it affordable, with a funding tool that drives revenue into member salons every month. To learn more visit greencirclesalons.ca
 
About Salon Resource Group
Salon Resource Group started in 1967 as the Golden Clipper, an innovative concept in full service hair care for men during a time when men traditionally visited their local barber shop for a cut and shave. Since then, the company has grown to more than 20 salons operating under four diverse brands: The Head Shoppe, HS Studio Salon-Spa, Vitality Medi Spa, Vibe Salon Medi-Spa and HDC Hair & Esthetics School of Cosmetology
 
Salon Resource Group has more than 400 associates throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, making it the largest single employer of beauty professionals in Atlantic Canada. For more information, please visit salonresourcegroup.com .
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