5 Ways to Go Green at Your Salon
Imminent climate change and green consumer trends are pushing retailers and service professionals to be a part of the environmental solution. Salons that incorporate earth-friendly practices can not only feel better about decreasing their negative impact on Mother Earth but can also improve their bottom line. Here are five ways you can incorporate green practices into your business model without breaking the bank.
Cut the Clutter
Single-use materials such as disposable coffee cups, bottled water, and plastic utensils are wasteful. Replacing these with eco-friendly substitutes and reusable items will not only cut down on waste but are cost-effective in the long run. While it may seem to be more expensive to purchase reusable coffee mugs and silverware up-front, it will remove repurchasing costs and promote sustainability. That’s a clear win-win.
Save Your Energy
Energy Star rated appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers deliver the same results while using less energy. Over the lifetime of the product, you can expect to save approximately 20% in energy costs and reduce water consumption by 33%. Not only will Energy Star appliances lower your utility expenses, they will help preserve the finite resources available on this planet.
The majority of wasted power is consumed by electrical devices that are off but remain plugged in. Outside of just powering off items and turning off lights, make it a point to unplug your styling devices when they’re not in use.
Switch to Cold
Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your washing machine uses so by switching to cold, you can reduce carbon emissions. It’s also worthwhile to make sure you’re running only full loads, this can save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year from your salon alone, or better yet, use a load size sensing washing machine.
Buy in Bulk
Cut back on waste by buying in bulk. Rather than purchasing small quantity containers, buy larger refill bags and pour items into a reusable container. Spare the earth the extra plastic waste coming from smaller quantity items.
Going green doesn’t have to be hard or expensive and it’s a great selling point for your business. Put the earth first and we all win!