Ever Green Salon & Barbering Co. is a certified Green Circle Salon.
What does this mean?
Green Circle Salons is a special recycling/repurposing program that ensures hair, foils, color tubes, plastics, papers, and chemicals are diverted out of our landfills and water systems. That is 90-95% of our salons waste! That’s right! Even the hair we sweep from the floor is repurposed. Hair can be used to help clean up oil spills, as a gardening tool to keep away rabbits, deer, etc. as well as a natural fertilizer as it decomposes and we are proud to be a part of this Green Initiative to Revolutionize the Industry.
$1.50 from your visit to contributes to the success of this program. Reducing your carbon footprint and having a great hair day all rolled into one.
What does Green Circle Salons do?
GCS is a company with a mission to provide green solutions to the salon and spa industry. They do this in a way that is affordable, achievable and most importantly, with impact. They believe that small steps to transform each salon or spa, with the help of customers and employees, over time, will make that green conversion possible and sustainable. They offer an eco‐systems approach that looks at recycling, energy, lighting, water, cleaning products and the re‐purposing of hair‐ all parts of the salon or spa experience. To do this, they have their own branded services, but also work with best‐of‐class green product and service suppliers. They are also committed to giving back up to 5% of their pre‐tax profits to work with local and international organizations to develop and support programs that make creative environmental impact and lessons for positive change.
Why do I have to pay an eco fee on my final bill?
GCS developed this as a tool to financially enable salons and spas to finance their pathway to becoming greener. Their services make it achievable, the Eco Stewardship Fee (ESF) will help make it affordable and possible. They, and we, feel that a small contribution from you, our customers, can help salons reduce our environmental impact, smoothly and affordably. The money goes to our salon/spa, in what we call the "Green Change Purse". But, with your contribution, we expect you to play a role by asking what we are doing with these funds. Our vision is to ensure that everyone has a role in change. To us, that means asking for change and contributing towards it. This helps us complete the circle!
So, where does my small contribution go? What is it spent on?
Lets break it down. Here is how it works. A portion of the fee pays for the GCS recycling and collection program. Right now, hair, foils, and colour tubes get sent to landfill along with many other everyday materials. Excess chemical waste gets poured down the drain and pollutes our water bodies. GCS and our salon/spa community would like to prevent this from happening immediately. Also, many companies send plastics and paper to landfill. GCS with their collection trucks and working with a number of local recycling companies, will collect this waste, separated by the salon/spa, and ensure that it is bound for recycling, and ultimately, repurposing. GCS pays a carbon‐offset fee for the trucks to make sure that they are not producing additional carbon emissions in the process.
Now, what do we do with all of the hair? GCS is working with local non-profit groups, charities, businesses and governmental bodies to find solutions to re‐purpose hair. Those new purposes include hair and recycled nylons for the creation of oil booms, used in oil and chemical spills. Hair also has potential to be a good compost material so they are researching innovative, biologically friendly farming practices. This is exciting when you realize all the potential uses that can involve hair. Hair clearly has numerous cradle‐to‐cradle applications worth exploring. We will keep you posted!
Next, a portion will stay with our salon to enable us to afford many other green changes. We call this the "Green Change Purse". We hope that you, our customers will support this change, and also ask what changes are being done with that support. GCS offers us a menu of products and services that include carbon‐offsetting solutions, green electricity, energy efficient salon specific lighting, eco-friendly printing, and they are sourcing the right companies that will look at various other ways to reduce our salon’s environmental footprint.