You may be surprised to learn that the Australian hairdressing industry sends 1,500 tons of recyclable aluminium back to landfill each year. That’s one and a half million kilos, about 715 cars, or 4 jumbo jets!
Unfortunately aluminium doesn’t degrade easily, it actually contaminates the soil for 500 years. Add to this the waste of plastics, colour tubes, cut hair and more, and you soon see that beauty at any price is no longer an option.
After becoming the first salon in Geelong to join Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA), Raw Edge Hairdressing is set to change all this.
Raw Edge Hairdressing now recycles 95% of its waste by using the comprehensive resource recovery service offered by Sustainable Salons Australia.
“We are committed to sustainable growth that encourages social responsibility and respect for the planet. We have always been as socially responsible as possible, everything down to our vegan and cruelty-free products. Working with Sustainable Salons has been one of the best things we can do for the environment and our future; this simple initiative can make all the difference to what was once landfill waste become a future resource”, says Caitlyn, owner of Raw Edge Hairdressing.
Rather than contaminating the waterways, excess shampoo and hair colour waste now go to a chemical recycler. Plastics are also recycled into construction material and gardening equipment.
What’s more, Raw Edge Hairdressing staff love that the proceeds from recycling benefit the community through several programs. Every kilo of recycled aluminium helps Oz Harvest fund four meals for the homeless. Ponytails go to the Variety Charity to provide wigs to children with alopecia, while cut hair is made into booms used to absorb oil spills.
As clients become more aware of the impact products have on the environment, they have also welcomed the opportunity to make a difference.
“The hairdressing industry needs to take action now, and take care of the environment as much as we take care of clients”, says Paul Frasca, co-founder of SSA. “Caitlyn has always really cared about making their salon as eco-friendly as possible. When they looked at what else they could do to become more sustainable both ecologically and economically, Sustainable Salons Australia was the obvious choice.”
By joining Sustainable Salons Australia, Raw Edge Hairdressing is happy it can support charities and benefit the community, while also taking care of a huge waste problem.
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