Does your hair salon care about the environment?
Apothecary Hair Lounge has joined a recycling and sustainability initiative that builds on the owner’s personal commitments and is working to significantly reduce the beauty industry’s environmental impact.
Owner Erin Tobin’s salon at 316 W. Ridge Pike in Limerick is one of the 1,500 salons across the U.S. and Canada that are Green Circle Certified salons, writes Donna Roving for The Mercury.
Tobin’s salon officially joined the program in May, and since then has been recycling what had previously been considered trash — including all hair clippings, extensions, left over color and developer, papers, plastics, foils, aerosol cans and color tubes.
By recycling the additional materials, Apothecary Hair Lounge can reduce the amount of waste created by the salon by as much as 95 percent.
According to the organization’s website, salons produce difficult-to-manage waste and have high water consumption, high energy usage, and release chemical by-product down the drain.
Hair salons across North America typically dispose of 421,206 pounds of waste each day — including hair clippings, hair color, foil and color tubes, and other items.
As a certified salon, Apothecary Hair Lounge now collects all of those items, which are sent to the organization for recycling and repurposing.
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