Salon Furniture Goes GreenApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
All of these careful practices could be negated by the shipping process, as all furniture manufactured in China is then shipped to Etopa's headquarters in Hammond, LA. But the company works hard to make sure its goal of zero-impact manufacturing is a reality. "We offset our carbon footprint by going back into the villages, where we have invested in bio-gas digesting units," Chou says. "These units clean all of the water for a household and produce a completely green, safe fertilizer that they can use for their gardens."
Etopa's Jaden double-sided styling station
Etopa's products include styling stations, manicure and pedicure units, mirrors and a color bar, all of which are available in a number of different finishes. So how are salon owners responding to Etopa's environmentally friendly approach to business? "Aesthetically, they're following what they're seeing in the consumer magazines," Chou says, "and what's hot in the design world is what's sustainable and green." —LOTUS ABRAMS