With Earth Day upon us, you might be wondering how you can do your part to help the environment. Here are a few ideas for “greening” your salon — it’s easier than you think!
Replace all of your salon’s conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). CFLs last up to 10 times longer and use 75% less energy.
Turn off break room and bathroom lights when not in use.
Upgrade HVAC (heating-ventilation-air conditioning) systems. Consider installing an Energy Star-qualified programmable thermostat.
Make sure your salon is adequately ventilated. Indoor air can be polluted by chemicals used in nail care products and cause health problems when inhaled.
Remember to shut down and even unplug computers and other equipment at the end of the day.
Next time you buy an appliance for the salon — television, refrigerator, computer — consider buying Energy Star-qualified products. They cost more, but they use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models.
Switch to non-toxic cleaning products such as Simple Green.
Look for paper towels that contain recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified fiber. Use recycled paper for salon menus and fliers, and post your menu on your website as a printable PDF.
Replace bottled water with filtered water, and offer your clients beverages in glasses.
Carry an eco-friendly vegan nail care line.
Choose salon uniforms and aprons made from fabrics that come from natural, organic sources like organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, rather than synthetic ones.
Set up a recycling program for old magazines, glass, plastic, cardboard, and other paper items.