When it comes to your clients, amazing transformations are an everyday occurrence. But what about transforming the salon itself? Recycling pioneer TerraCycle gives salon owners the ability to reduce salon waste significantly through its Zero Waste program, which allows you to collect and recycle everything from empty product bottles and old brushes to latex gloves and even human hair.
The process begins with the purchase of Zero Waste Boxes, available at http://zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com for $27.70 to $103.95, depending on the size. Once you receive a box for a particular type of waste, you can start collecting. Once the box is full, it is shipped to TerraCycle for processing. The shipping cost is included in the price.
TerraCycle offers several Zero Waste Boxes that can help salons reduce their environmental impact. These include:
> Personal Care Accessories Box, which hold brushes, combs, picks, clips, bobby pins, hair ties, empty shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, gel packaging, non-pressurized hairspray bottles, wax jars, pomade tins, hair dye packaging, blow-dryer attachments like combs and diffusers, and pedicure kits.
> Nitrile and Latex Gloves Box, which holds gloves used for hair color application or pedicures.
> Human Hair Box, which holds clippings, extensions, or wigs made of human hair.
Unfortunately, Terracycle does not accept all salon items, most noteably aerosol cans, nail polish bottles, and nail polish remover bottles, which are considered hazardous and flammable materials to transport.
For more information on how you can participate in this effort toward sustainability, go to www.terracycle.com.