The Green Spa Network offers these easy-to-implement tips that can help reduce the environmental footprint of your salon.
Where do you begin once your salon has decided to go green? The Green Spa Network (www.greenspanetwork.org) offers these easy-to-implement tips that can help reduce the environmental footprint of your salon. You can start with just a few.
> Install low-flow faucet aerators to reduce water use by location up to 50%. This reduces water-heating needs as well. Confirm that low-flow showerheads are installed.
> Water landscaping in the morning to reduce loss due to evaporation. If using a municipal water supply, install filters to prevent chlorine from entering the outdoor environment.
> Purchase unbleached paper products. Paper towels, toilet paper, coffee filters, and many other products have excellent quality and cost-effective alternatives.
> Recycle and let guests know this is your practice by providing tasteful recycling cans for their use. Also recycle and use refillable toner and ink cartridges.
> Precycle — reduce waste before you buy. When purchasing, consider the packaging that comes with the product as one of the factors in determining your choice.
> Ask guests if they would like a bag, rather than just assuming. Provide your guests with packaging (bags, tissue, etc.) made from significant amounts of post-consumer recycled materials.
> Purchase office paper with recycled content, make two-sided copies when feasible, and use waste to make your own scratch pads.
> Encourage carpooling, using public transportation, or riding/walking to work.
> Use rechargeable batteries.
> Prevent pests naturally by using alternative pesticides.
> Store and dispose of hazardous materials properly. Many commonly used products are hazardous to the environment. Identify those of concern in your facility and investigate alternatives for future purchases.
> Buy organic when possible.
> Do an energy audit of your facility, including heating, lighting, and insulation.