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Change to eco light bulbs, make waste, and works with an ecobrand committed to sustainability. sure lights are switched off in rooms not in use and consider Ralph and Rice also supports installing motion sensor lighting local, independent businesses in lesser used areas like staff (from the furnishings and flowers rooms, corridors and toilets,” says through to refreshments served) Karine. and reuses product packaging for Ralph and Rice in the heart of east in-salon planting or to serve salads London is another salon combining eco-friendly practices with initiative to drive sustainability, or granola to customers. Another salon expertise. Its team members reduce wastage and raise client are as passionate about hair as awareness is re-filling clients’ they are about modernising the empty retail bottles for a discounted cost. salon experience to become truly sustainable. The salon uses With eight sustainable salons biodegradable disposable towels, across east and south London, the has Eco heads fitted to the Blue Tit group strives to ensure it backwash taps to reduce water does everything it can to adhere to an eco-ethos. “We make sure to use recycled materials when 92 dossier Matthew Curtis Chipping Norton Vid que ped quis aut officiaerum ratio. Ut laborit atiorest, natus. Uciantu rrendit ipsunt laccati conse volupta sper. Buying items made to last or using pre-loved classics is a great way to avoid waste creation and embrace chic repurposing, as is the case in the newly opened Matthew Curtis salon in Chipping Norton. creating our salons, such as our Brixton salon where workstations are crafted from upcycled heavy industrial metal,” says Blue Tit Director, Perry Patraszewski. “When redesigning or revamping your salon, look at ways you can recycle previously used materials and work with architects, interior designers and furniture providers experienced in upcycling and using reclaimed materials. “It’s also important to really make the most of any natural light, find ways to incorporate as it can substantially reduce your electricity bill. In Brixton, one of the design features is a huge skylight above the shampoo area. It floods natural light into the salon as it is calming for clients who relax while having their hair washed by watching clouds scud by. At night, it doubles up as an effective free lighting feature, reflecting outside lights back in to the salon,” says Terry. “Natural light is ideal for client colour too and remember, using lighter colours throughout the salon, as well as plenty of mirrors, helps make the most of natural light within the salon.” It goes without saying that Blue Tit recycles everything wherever
Where at all feasible recycle everything you possibly can from your salon refuse possible, each salon having separate recycling bins for separating rubbish – paper, plastics, glass, tint tubes and foils etc. Although confusing initially, it soon becomes a habit. The company also takes a clean green approach to laundry. “We wait until the washing machine is absolutely full before we run it, using the machine’s cold-water programme which prevents producing large quantities of CO2,” says Terry. “And instead of washing powder, we use Eco Wash Balls which deliver a clean, fresh alternative to traditional washing methods; it’s cut laundering costs by 2,000 percent. One ball lasts between four and six months, so unless there are stains, there’s no need to use washing powder at all. They’re both very effective and caring for the environment.” Ensuring your salon design is time-proof by buying items made to last or using pre-loved classics is a great way to avoid waste creation and embrace chic re-purposing. The newly-opened Matthew Curtis salon in Chipping Norton is a fine example of these principles. Judy Reaves, founder of Judy Reaves Design and Matthew Curtis brand collaborator, explains. “I’ve worked with Matthew on the design of all his salons and we always try to be as eco-conscious as possible. The Chipping Norton premise is a listed building and when stripping back walls to the original Cotswold stone, we discovered a fireplace and old panelling from when the building was a coaching inn earlier. We reinstated both to create a central feature and a ‘sustainable talking point’. “We restored original floorboards using ‘hard wax oil’ (natural vegetable oils and waxes) which brilliantly restores floorboards by bringing out the depth of the wood, and it’s ecologically sound as it has no toxic emissions. Mylands-brand marble emulsion on the walls is also environmentally friendly – a natural, hard-wearing water-based paint, low in volatile organic content (VOC) so low toxic emissions.” Rather than buying new, original vintage items for both practical use and design aesthetics were sourced from local shops and antiques centres and each tells a story. Barstools, clocks, tables, a cloakroom vanity stand adapted from an old chest of drawers and a quirky a cocktail bar sourced from eBay: this upcycle serves as the reception desk, disguising the computer monitor and housing a product display. Plastics were avoided wherever possible. “For example, instead of plastic trollies the team use brass and glass drinks trollies. And in place of plastic boxes for pins and grips etc., we’ve used a mixture glass and brass trinket boxes – now treasured and recycled rather than ending up in landfill,” explains Judy. “To avoid building a new wall between the backwash and styling areas, we created a brass room divider with shelving, fashioned using odd parts bought from an original engineering company in Birmingham and glass from a local glazier. To avoid a high carbon footprint, salon styling chairs were made locally in Stratford-upon-Avon and upholstered in fabric sourced in Gloucestershire. Using individual trades and designing bespoke rather than going to a one-stop shop for everything was more demanding administratively, but the reward of creating a lovely sense of community while caring for the environment is priceless,” Judy comments. So, think about initiating your own rewarding green conversion. The web offers lots of help and advice and eco-conscious product suppliers are usually happy to help. From Alter Ego to Insight, Davines to Oway and many in-between, the granddaddy of them all has to be Aveda. In addition to operating some 200 of its own spas, Aveda supplies natural-based hair personal care products to tens of thousands of salons and spas in almost 30 countries – clearly a company well versed in green issues. Once you get into the swing of it – creating a green culture and promoting sustainability to yield a richer, cleaner, safer, wider world – becomes a joy. TEN TIPS TO MAKE A GREEN DIFFERENCE 1. Segregate clean recycling materials from general waste, including contaminated packaging, gloves and specialist materials. 2. Responsibly dispose of all paper, plastic, glass, aluminium, cardboard, batteries and waste electrical goods. 3. Recycle aluminium foils and colour tubes – both are deemed harmful to the environment. 4. Hair cuttings can be used as biodegradable waste, including being spread as compost on farmers’ fields 5. Align yourself with a product manufacturer who you can work alongside. If you choose a product partner with a sustainable approach, they will have clear guidelines and ideas that can assist you in your quest. 6. Chose suppliers providing eco-friendly products and materials, from shampoos and colourants to biodegradable towels and capes. 7. Buying items made to last is one of the simplest ways of cutting down on waste and saving the energy required to dispose of them. 8. Where possible, recycle everything used in the salon. Equip your salon with recycling bins for paper, plastics, glass, hair-colour tubes, foils and meches. 9. Instead of standard lightbulbs choose LEDs which reduce electricity bills and your impact on the environment, too. 10.It goes without saying: turn off lights and heated appliances when not in use!