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Go Green

 

Go Green - Introduction

Switching to Easydry is a positive step to a more sustainable business. It covers the three Ps of sustainability –better for your Planet, your People (clients and team) and your Profits – but there are other steps you can take that, along with Easydry, will make your salon even more eco-friendly and your business more cost-efficient.

But how do you find out what they are? In 2013 we were approached by a hairdresser turned academic, Danielle Mills, who was just completing her Masters. Her research revealed that there was no single independent source where a business owner could  go for information on how to be greener. So working with Danielle, we have dedicated this area of our website to building a resource rich with information on sustainability, green businesses and eco-friendly initiatives.

We hope to build, with your contributions as much as ours, a fountain of knowledge full of useful droplets of advice. We’ve got a Q&A section where you can seek out familiar issues and case studies showing what other salons have done as well as tips on the little and the big ways you can Go Green.

If you have any queries about how to Go Green then message us and, if we can’t answer it, we’ll track down someone who can. This way, we’ll keep building the resource into something that we hope you will find useful.

 

How can your salon go green? 

Small changes can make a big difference in your salon. Clients are increasingly aware of green issues and keen to play their part, so keeping them informed about how you are greening your salon makes good business sense. Anne Butterly, CEO of disposable towel pioneer Easydry, explains how.

Anne Butterly - Easydry CEO

 

Water Conservation

  • Stop that drip. It might not seem much, but a dripping tap can mean money down the drain. One drop of water a second means 8-10,000 litres of wasted water a year.
  • Restrict it. Fitting a simple mesh restrictor to handsets can cut water use at the backwash by 50%.
  • Hold the flow. Switch the water off while you shampoo and between rinses.
  • Switch to the better way to dry. Our clients have saved nearly 200 million litres of water since we launched our eco-friendly Easydry disposable towels back in 2005. Using Easydry will save you water, energy and hassle.
  • Bust the flush. If you don’t have a dual-flush toilet, put a plastic container full of stones in the cistern to reduce the amount of water flushed down the drain unnecessarily.
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Energy Conservation

  • Turn it off. Never leave lights and electrical items on when you’re not using them, especially overnight. Electronic devices left on standby will still be using power. If you find this difficult, you could fit timers to appliances or motion-detecting light switches. And don’t forget to unplug chargers for clippers, mobile phones etc, which use electricity all the time they are plugged in, even when they are not charging.
  • Embrace the Easydry evolution. Switching to Easydry will save energy and money, with no more washing machines or tumble dryers going constantly to ensure a constant supply of clean towels.
  • See the light. Make the most of natural light so you can keep the electric lights off. And switch to LED bulbs. They are more expensive to buy, but they will last ages and use a fraction of the energy of all other types of bulbs. They will pay for themselves in the long term, but you could consider replacing a few at a time to avoid an initial huge outlay.
  • Watch what you heat. Make sure your boiler or heating system is serviced regularly to keep it working at maximum efficiency When it’s time to renew, install the most efficient model possible – usually a condenser boiler for gas systems. Make sure radiators are bled regularly and aren’t blocked by furniture. Use a timer to turn the water heater off 30 minutes or an hour before the salon closes. You’ll still have enough left to finish the day’s clients.
  • Keep your cool. Use the cooler settings on hair dryers when appropriate. Experiment with the thermostat settings to find a level that’s comfortable for your team and clients without turning the salon into a fridge or a sauna. Turning the temperature control down by just 1°C could reduce your heating bill by as much as 10 per cent.
  • Power down. Investigate to see if your energy supplier has a green tariff that supports renewable electricity schemes.
  • Have your fill. Use all your appliances to maximum efficiency. This means defrosting the fridge regularly, ensuring full loads for the dishwasher, and always boiling just the right amount of water when making hot drinks for clients (or the team).
  • Be aware. Constantly examine every aspect of salon life and look for ways to minimise energy use. Power use meters that plug directly into sockets can show exactly how much energy individual appliances use.

 

Efficiency

  • Waste not. Encourage the team to mix up just the right amount of colour and avoid excessive use of shampoos and conditioners. Not only will this save you money, but it will limit the amount of toxic chemicals being washed down the drain and into the environment.
  • Recycle / reuse. Reuse anything that can be reused and recycle everything else. Paper, cardboard, your Easydry towels, glass, tins and batteries are all easily recycled, but with a little effort, so are most plastics, aluminium foils and colour tubes and hair (for composting). Used furniture, fittings or appliances can often be rehomed through charity shops or websites such as Freecycle and Freegle.
  • Make a material change. Use recycled or eco-friendly and low-toxicity products wherever possible. Swap plastic carrier bags for paper alternatives.  
  • Hoof it. Can you cut car use of the team (and clients)? Do you have somewhere secure to store bikes? Are there any ways you can encourage public transport or walking?

 

Easydry Towels - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Chose Easydry. Using Easydry biodegradable towels means your business will save an impressive amount of water and energy rather than washing and drying cotton towels or microfibre towels.
  • Reduce. Easydry products are so absorbent you will only need one per client - this will reduce your towel usage overall.
  • Reuse - salon. Why not allow used Easydry towels to dry and then reuse them in the salon to clean windows, mirrors, floors and the backwash area? They are lint free so this makes them ideal  for a second use in the salon.
  • Reuse - clients. Why not ask your clients if they would like to bring their personal towel home with them after their service? They can use their personal Easydry towel on themselves, at the gym, on pets, on cars or even golf clubs! This could add a little something special to your service.
  • Recycle. Easydry towels can be recycled with cardboard, can be disposed of with landfill waste or with biodegradable waste.

 

Communication

  • Involve the team. Getting everyone on board is key, so make sure the whole team is aware of the benefits of greener business practices. Make it easy to recycle, with recycling bins in easy reach (or at least in the staffroom). Stay ahead of legislative changes and ask your team for ideas. Most important, lead by example.
  • Go public. Let the world know what you doing, whether that’s through word of mouth in the salon or by using Facebook and Twitter to spread the word. Be proud of your efforts but don’t greenwash. Clients will appreciate the chance to be a part of anything that lessens your environmental impact.

 

If you have any queries about how to Go Green then message us and, if we can’t answer it, we’ll track down someone who can. This way, we’ll keep building the resource into something that we hope you will find useful.

 

 

Green Links:

For further information on how to help your business to go green check out

Green Business:  www.greenbusiness.ie

SEAI (Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland): www.seai.ie/Your_Business/

Enterprise Ireland: www.greenbusiness.ie/about-us/stakeholders/

 

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