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.

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