Mixed GreensApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
A Better Bottle
Plastic water bottles, which are filling up landfills, have recently seen their reputation fall about as fast as a bouffant in a Mississippi summer. In fact, Aveda now requires its fashion week partners to serve water backstage from Swiss-made, aluminum SIGG water bottles. Fashionable and functional, SIGG bottles are 100-percent recyclable, long-lasting and nontoxic. mysigg.com —C.W.
Balance in a Bottle
Lavender, nature's remedy for anxiety and tension, is a key ingredient in the new Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner duo. The relaxing blend is recommended for use, along with a scalp massage and aromatherapy heat treatment, as a calming, stress-relieving service. paulmitchell.com —C.W.
Adorn your salon or spa with locally or organically grown flowers. "Many people don't realize that typically 50 to 1,000 times the amount of chemicals that are legally allowed on foods are used on flowers," says Gerald Prolman, founder and CEO of Organic Style. Salons and spas can order organic and fair trade flowers from Organic Style's wholesale division, ecoflowers.com. —C.W.
It's Green to Me
The Scalp Rescue Styling Gel from MAX GREEN ALCHEMY is a flake-free, flexible-hold formula that is 100-percent plant-derived. It's made with organic aloe leaf juice and organic geranium, lavender and tea tree essential oils but without wax, petrochemicals or parabens. maxgreenalchemy.com —C.W.
Sanijet Pipeless Spa and Pedicure Baths, currently in use at Pure Spa and Salon in Dallas and Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas, feature state-of-the-art technology that eliminates the hidden pipes found in traditional whirlpools, which may trap bacteria and require two cups of chlorine bleach and gallons of water to clean. Sanijet baths also use 98 percent less water for cleaning than traditional piped systems. sanijet.com —C.W.
Choose retail products that are packaged in bottles made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Doing so helps reuse plastic and cut down on waste. Australian hairstylist Kevin Murphy, for instance, recently introduced a haircare line that uses packaging made from recycled materials. If the items you carry are made with new plastic, urge the manufacturer to switch to bottles made with at least 25-percent post-consumer materials. —C.W.