7 Top Eco-Friendly Practices for Salons

By Dean Laming on November 30th, 2023

Operating an eco-friendly salon is becoming a priority for many owners who want to reduce their environmental impact. With rising customer demand for sustainability, going green presents an opportunity to attract environmentally-conscious clients.

Implementing green practices can also cut costs on energy and supplies for your hair or beauty salon. However, transitioning to an eco-friendly salon can feel overwhelming at first. Here are seven top eco-friendly practices to consider implementing in stages.

1. Use Green Cleaning Products

An easy starting point is swapping out conventional cleaning supplies for non-toxic, biodegradable options. Prioritise plant-based ingredients like citrus, aloe vera, and essential oils over harsh chemicals. 

Also, purchase concentrates whenever possible to reduce plastic waste from bottles. Through simple substitutions in your salon’s cleaning regimen, you make an immediate positive eco impact.

2. Install Low-Flow Plumbing

Reducing your salon’s water usage conserves an invaluable resource. Install low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets to significantly cut water consumption Low-flow fixtures restrict water volume while still providing adequate pressure for washing, shampooing and other salon tasks, so your plumbing upgrades also lower utility bills.

3. Switch to LED Light Bulbs

Swapping out traditional bulbs for LEDs may require an upfront investment, but the change pays off through major energy savings. LED bulbs last years longer and use up to 80% less power.

Place LED bulbs in all fixtures including track lighting, reception lamps and bathroom vanities. If possible, add occupancy sensors, timers, and natural lighting to further reduce energy demands.

4. Recycle Diligently

Recycling salon waste like paper, plastic, glass and metal is one of the easiest yet most impactful eco-friendly practices. Provide clearly labelled recycle bins throughout your salon to collect these materials rather than throwing recyclables in the trash.

Check with your local waste disposal company about any limitations on materials accepted to ensure proper recycling. Get in the habit of rinsing and recycling bulk product containers too.

5. Rethink Resources

Take a fresh look at the resources your salon consumes – from paper goods and packaging to shipping materials and retail shopping bags. Identify areas where you can adopt greener options.

For example, purchase recycled paper, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, or paper made from alternative fibres like sugar cane. Swap plastic shipping envelopes or bubble wrap for biodegradable cornstarch versions and provide recyclable paper bags instead of single-use plastic.

6. Use Eco-Friendly Salon Products

Replace conventional hair, skin and nail care items with eco-friendly salon products free of harsh ingredients like sulphates, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances whenever possible. 

Many organic, vegan and cruelty-free professional beauty lines now exist. Seeking salon products made sustainably, ethically and safely shows clients your commitment to the environment. 

7. Educate Your Team & Clients

Getting your staff and clients onboard with sustainability is key to implementing lasting change. Provide training so everyone understands the salon’s environmental goals and how to do their part day-to-day.

Additionally, post signage on new green initiatives and friendly reminders on what individuals can do to help, along with sharing your eco efforts on social media to spread awareness and recognition. 

Get Support for Your Green Hair Salon from Salon Saver

Shifting to more eco-friendly salon practices benefits the planet and your bottom line. We recommend starting with a few manageable changes then building momentum over time. 

Here at Salon Saver, our expert team provides tailored salon insurance policies to protect environmentally-conscious businesses. Whether you need cover for property damage, theft, liability claims or more, we make insuring your green salon easy and affordable.

Contact us today to discuss your needs – we’re here to support your vision for a sustainable salon.

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of the hair and beauty sector and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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