Julia Grace Salon and Green Circle Salons

Ever wonder what those white bins are in our shampoo room and the salon floor?
Those bins are where we collect used foils, extra color and cut hair. Once they are full we
send them out to Green Circle Salons, a company that helps recycle salon
waste and make salons sustainable.

Green Circle Salon’s Business Development Educator
Brandy Atkinson was interviewed by ProBeauty.Org about making salons sustainable.
“Green Circle Salons provides green solutions to the North American salon and spa industry,”
says Atkinson. “Our mission is to make this industry sustainable by 2020. We’ve developed a
comprehensive pathway that helps salons and spas reduce their footprint, and create
business value at the same time. Our program ensures that hair, foils,
color tubes, plastics, papers, and excess color, and many other
materials get diverted out of the waste stream.”

Julia Grace Salon recycles used foils, extra color and hair clippings
through GCS. The waste is collected in separate bins and shipped out to a
GCS center in Shullsburg, IL for sorting.

What does GCS do with all that waste?
Hair clippings are used in hair booms to clean up oil spills
and foils are cleaned and broken down to make new foils or color
tubes, to name a couple.

It’s not just salons that participate in the initiative.
Redken, Matrix, Loreal, Davines, Pureology and Goldwell are just
a few of the beauty brands that partner
with Green Circle Salons.

Imagine if we all just believe and act on the things we know.
If we’re honest about how our actions have consequences on people and the planet.
Imagine then, the differences we can make together. Today, undoubtedly, climate change
is the challenge of our time. We recognize that environmental issues are not just a series of
isolated events like deforestation, the landfill crises or air pollution. We are beginning
to understand that environmental problems affect our economics, our
social structure, and the health and well being of humanity as a whole
– Green Circle Salons

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