Mixed GreensApril 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
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In general, here are a few things salon owners should consider if they want to take the green route when opening a salon:
- Location Matters The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines for green building recommend building in existing urban locales rather than expanding into suburban areas, in order to conserve land. "While this may not be practical for every salon owner," says Tribbey, "it's more environmentally friendly to rehab an existing space instead of building a new one."
- Source Smartly Use biodegradable, recycled and reclaimed materials wherever possible; it helps reduce the amount of waste entering landfills. Also, try to ensure your materials are sourced within a 35-mile radius to cut fossil fuel consumption and help improve air quality.
- Light the Way By using energy-efficient lighting you not only conserve energy, but you also save money in the long run, especially with the increasingly high costs of utilities and fuel.
- Use Foresight Incorporate fixtures made of glass and stainless steel; they are easy to dismantle, which means more of the basic material can be recycled if the salon were to move, remodel or close. Plus, glass offers infinite reuse potential. —CARRIE WATSON
For more information on green building, visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Web site at epa.gov/greenbuilding.