Mixed GreensApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
On these pages you'll find eco-friendly products plus tips for going green that you can implement right now.
Aveda introduced the Marylebone Lifestyle Salon and Store in London's high-end, luxury, residential neighborhood last August. Following the company's Sustainability Design Protocol, the design is a dynamic play of strong yet simple architectural elements that are visually rich and tactile. During demolition of the existing Environmental Lifestyle Store and Café, Aveda donated and recycled all the content they could not use; more than 50 percent of what would typically be considered demolition waste never made it to the landfill. The company also sourced recycled, nonlaminated glass (lamination can be toxic) for the retail fixtures. What makes glass so desirable is that it can be recycled continuously. Finally, the design incorporates both stainless and powder-coated steel, both of which are easily returned to industrial cycles for reuse. —M.D.
Kobo pure soy candles are hand-poured in Upstate New York and beautifully packaged. They're made from the highest-quality essential oils and domestically grown, sustainable soybeans, which burn much cleaner than paraffin wax, a petroleum-based product shown to release questionable chemicals into the air. kobocandles.com —C.W.
Hooray for Hemp
Made with such certified-organic botanicals as hemp seed oil, cranberry, avocado, cucumber and white tea, Alterna Hemp with Organics Sheer Pomade tames frizz, adds shine, creates shape and provides light hold. Talk about multitasking. 4alterna.com —C.W.
The Right Stuff
HAMPTON SUN SPF 30 Lotion is loaded with walnut oil, aloe and vitamins A and E that keep skin moisturized. Another plus: The fresh, green scent is perfect for summer.hamptonsuncare.com —M.D.
It's Easy Being Green
The Virtuous Consumer (New World Library, 2007) by Leslie Garrett is a go-to guide to help readers discover how to care for the environment while learning something about themselves at the same time. Find out how to purchase nearly everything ethically, including clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry, in a section of the book called "Eco-Chic." —N.P.