5 Ways to Go Green at The Salon
Going green. It’s not just a trend—it’s a money-saver for the salon. Colleen Browdy, a Deisgner at Takara Belmont, breaks down how utilizing sustainable designs, reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment can turn your salon into an eco-friendly, money-saving space! Here are 5 cost-effective ways you can go green!
1. Bright, Energy Efficient Light
Lighting is a necessity in any salon. Try combining natural light with well-positioned styling station mirrors and switching from dated incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs. These tricks will create a brighter space that’s more cost effective.
2. Tackle the Heat
With hair dryers and high temperatures, summertime can make your salon HOT, HOT, HOT! But instead of just turning up the AC, consider installing ceiling fans to help circulate the air or a multi-processor that speeds up treatments by up to 50 percent. These can help to reduce your utilities cost and to create a cool and calm environment.
3. Breathe Easy
Create a calmer atmosphere by adding flowers, plants and other elements of nature to your salon space. And, because chemicals are always present in the salon, adding natural air filters are not only visually appealing, but will help create a cleaner, greener and healthier salon environment.
4. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Reduce your carbon footprint with eco-friendly salon furniture; reuse extra materials to create DIY accessories; and try recycling empty product containers, magazines from the reception area and CFL bulbs. Look for styling chairs that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and crafted from well-managed forests such as the Curved-Art styling chair.
5. Eco-Friendly Products
If you’re planning to revamp your space and add a fresh pop of color to your salon in the New Year be sure to shop for low or zero volatile organic compound paints. They have lower chemical odors and are better for the environment. When it comes to furniture, always consider reliable products and equipment that will result in a more sustainable furniture life cycle, reduce your long term equipment costs and lessen the landfill pile up.