Mixed GreensApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Eco-Friendly Business Cards
One way to make your salon more planet-friendly is to print your business cards, marketing materials and menus on chlorine-free, post-consumer recycled paper, which is made from paper that has been used and then collected by various recycling programs. Kim D'Amato, owner of Priti Organic Spa in New York City, uses post-consumer recycled paper for her cards. Producing recycled paper causes 74 percent less air pollution, 35 percent less water pollution and creates five times the number of jobs than does producing paper from trees. Check out greenerprinter.com for options. —C.W.
Think about buying a refurbished computer when it's time to get a new one for your salon. In The Green Book (Three Rivers Press, 2007) Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen note that you'll save 139 pounds of waste, 7,300 gallons of water and 2,300 kilowatt-hours of energy associated with manufacturing a new one. —C.W.
Scents & Sensibility
Zents Eau de Toilette sprays are formulated with essential oils, botanical extracts and aromatic blends that use as many as 120 notes to create a sophisticated but natural fragrance. zents.com —C.W.
Organic Color Systems offers a haircolor dye made without ammonia, preservatives or petrochemicals for clients who are sensitive to those items. It has a nontoxic odor and uses a lightener that contains active wheat proteins, which help protect the hair during bleaching. Juliene Ebner, owner of Juju Salon & Organics, an environmentally friendly salon and spa in Philadelphia, has been using Organic Color Systems exclusively since she opened more than two years ago and says she'll never go back to traditional haircolor. "Organic Color Systems is more expensive, but we educate our clients and tell them what it means to be ammonia-free," she says. —C.W.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
For organic-beauty pioneer JOHN MASTERS, "green" is not a trend but a way of life. Not only is his Manhattan salon powered with 100-percent wind energy, but Masters has also taken steps to increase the city's fresh oxygen supply by giving his salon's backyard garden an "eco-update." He worked in conjunction with landscape architect Simon Martinez and consultants from the nonprofit Rainforest Relief to transform the garden into a relaxing, green haven with a deck and planters crafted from reclaimed wood, natural systems for repurposing storm water run-off and organic soil management that makes pesticides and herbicides unnecessary. —C.W.