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Even Greener than Before

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BEING EVEN GREENER THAN BEFORE

First we want to thank you for your participation and assistance in the transformation of our studio into an even greener salon than before. We tried to be as sustainable as possible from the very beginning but our industry had and still has a few challenges to face when faced with recycling certain things.

We are joining our recycling efforts with Green Circle Salons. Through our alignment with Green Circle Salons, we hope to ameliorate the ecological footprint we are making, and instead, implement simple green changes that will make both our salon, and our industry, more sustainable. We are proud of this new partnership and confident that as fellow stewards of the planet, you will support our initiative to help keep our communities cleaner and more vibrant places to live.

Who is Green Circle Salons?

GCS is a company with a mission to provide green solutions to the salon and spa industry. They do this in a way that is affordable, achievable and most importantly, with impact. They believe that small steps to transform each salon or spa, with the help of customers and employees, over time, will make that green conversion possible and sustainable.

They offer an eco-systems approach that looks at recycling, energy, lighting, water, cleaning products and the re purposing of hair, all parts of the salon or spa experience. To do this, they have their own branded services, but also work with best of class green product and service suppliers. They are also committed to giving back up to 5% of their pre tax profits to work with local and international organizations to develop and support programs that make creative environmental impact and lessons for positive change.
GCS sets very clear standards and is a very open and relationship focused partner.

They believe in clear expectations, ethical business dealings, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and open communications. Fairness, honesty and integrity is their compass. GCS actually has an “Integrity Agreement” that our salon/spa has signed, rather than a standard detailed contract. They do this because they believe that they only win and succeed when everyone wins and succeeds. They are also planning some exciting public education and community give back programs that will be announced on their website www.greencirclesalons.ca . GCS understands that building a movement for change needs to have substance but also style, learning, fun and creativity. Feel free to contact them at anytime, they welcome your thoughts.

 

Why do I have to pay $1.50 on my final bill to an “Environmental Contribution Initiative” (ECI)?

GCS developed this as a tool to financially enable salons and spas to finance their pathway to becoming greener. Their services make it achievable; the ECI will help make it affordable and possible.

Let’s break it down. Here is how it works. The first $1.00 pays for the GCS recycling and collection program. Right now hair, foils, and colour tubes go to landfill. GCS and our salon/spa community would like to prevent this from happening immediately. Also, many companies send plastics and paper to landfill. GCS with their collection trucks and working with a number of BC recycling companies, will collect this waste, separated by the salon/spa, and ensure that it is bound for recycling, and ultimately, repurposing. GCS pays a carbon offset fee for the trucks to make sure that they are not producing additional carbon emissions in the process.

Now, what do we do with all of the hair? GCS is working with Matter of Trust from California, the University of Guelph ON, and local businesses to find solutions to repurpose hair. Those new purposes may include hair and recycled nylons for the creation of oil booms, used in oil and chemical spills. Hair also has potential to be a good compost material so they are researching innovative, biologically friendly farming practices. This is exciting when you realize all the potential uses that can involve hair.
Hair clearly has numerous cradle to cradle applications worth exploring. We will keep you posted!

Next, any amount after the first $1.00 will stay with our salon/spa to enable us to afford many other green changes. We call this the “Green Change Purse”. We hope that you, our customers will support this change, and also ask what changes are being done with that support. GCS offers us a menu of products and services that include carbon offsets with Planet air, green electricity with Bullfrog Power, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning and laundry, energy efficient salon specific lighting with Minardi Colour Perfect Lighting, eco-friendly printing, and they are sourcing the right companies that will look at various other ways to reduce our salon or spa environmental footprint.

 

Will all of this make a difference? Will it be meaningful?

Yes it will. First, we feel that we are part of a multi‐win scenario. You, our customer, wins by contributing to, and experiencing a more positive green experience each time you come to visit this salon/spa. We win by becoming competitively greener, and offering a green workplace and experience for our clients. Our employees have a forward looking and proactive workplace they can be proud of every day. Society wins with the GCS commitment to give back and reinvest 5% of their pre-tax profits to issues related to local habitat, women and children, environmental innovation, and the salon/spa industry. The planet wins when all of the contributors to this simple formula for change are helping to reduce each of their environmental footprints.

Importantly, it is the impact of every person, every time they participate in a salon, spa or health and well being experience that gets added together. Just think, when you have thousands of businesses, with hundreds of clients each month having cuts, colouring and other services performed–‐think of what that adds up to! It’s big. It’s so big that GCS plans to have impact meters on their website to recognize what we all are achieving together!

Thank you for your continuous support!

 

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