Shane Price founded Green Circle Salons (GCS) to help hair care professionals reduce their impact on the planet. Currently, a great deal of waste from hair cutting and dying ends up in landfills. GCS provides affordable, responsible, greener choices for salons and spas to reduce environmental impace, increase efficiency, enhance brand image, demonstrate leadership and attract new clients.
So, the next time you get a haircut, you may actually be helping to save the environment. Did you know that because human hair is porous and oil seeps into its outer layer, that utilizing hair booms is one of the most efficient and safest ways of clearing up oil spills in the ocean?
“As a consumer, every time you pull out your wallet, you are either voting for green or against green.”
Shane Price is the founder of Canada's Green Circle Salons. Shane is a forward thinker who has taken the every day experience of getting a hair cut and made it an environmental issue. By discovering a business model around the disposal needs of the hair salon industry, Shane Price has joined the ranks of the GreenHeroes.
Green Circle Salons (GSC) is a service that provides its members with the tools to reduce their environmental impacts. GCS puts salons on the path to becoming greener businesses, and they do it in a way that is designed to actually add additional income for the salon business while giving its customers the satisfaction that they are contributing to greening the planet.
We now begin a campaign around his innovative idea and are calling it: Hair Today, Green Tomorrow.
• If you live in Ontario, explore the Green Circle Salons Directory to find an environmentally responsible member salon in your neighborhood or community.
• If your current salon is not a member, you can either switch to a new salon that embraces change and cares enough to take a few small steps to make a difference OR you can convert your “old school” salon to a green-minded leader that helps, and not hurts, the planet. If you are up for the challenge, visit us here!
i. REDUCE WASTE - Ensure that your salon is recycling and/or repurposing hair, foils, colour tubes, plastics and papers.
ii. BE ENERGY EFFICIENT - Follow the old adage-“waste none, want none” and explore some simple ways for your business to be more energy efficient.
iii. REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT - Visit the David Suzuki Foundation to learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint at home and in your business.
iv. CONSIDER CARBON OFFSETTING - Learn about the benefits of carbon offsetting and calculate your emissions.
v. CONNECT - Toronto Greenhouse offers people a chance to meet, socialize and connect in the green space.
vi. Come up with your own environmental campaign and get your clients onboard. If you do, talk to us at Green Circle Salons, we’d be happy to help you tell your story.
• Follow GSC on Twitter.
• Become a fan of GSC on Facebook.
• Next time that you are in a salon and you are at the sink or in the chair-take some time to enjoy the experience and also to think. Look around you and really think...and count. Listen to the whirr of the blow dryers. Watch the experts apply the foils and dyes. See the spray bottles making masterpieces of artistry. Watch the changing faces of your fellow customers. See the hair fall, the water rush, the dyes rinse out, see the gowns being donned and the transformations unveiled as the gowns are released. Beauty and excitement abounds!
But now, all along you have been thinking- what does all of this add up to? Where does all of this go? Hundreds of people may sit in these chairs every month! Who is responsible for what happens to all the "stuff" that has made me beautiful? Am I part of the problem or can I be part of the solution? Be a part of the solution and give us a call, we can help you help your salon get their green on!
• Tell 10 friends that on average, Canadian Salons needlessly send roughly 7.5 million kg of divertible waste to landfill every year.
• Tell 10 friends that you, AND the aquatic life in our great lakes enjoy clean and fresh drinking water. Simple solutions to help reduce the amount of hair dyes, ammonias, bleaches, developers and other such chemicals from being rinsed down the sink are available to salons if they can just take a few minutes to learn more.