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Honey Salon is now a Green Circle Salon!

In a growing world of environmental problems, the staff and owner of Honey Salon think it is important to help reduce waste in an industry that produces tons of waste every year. That is why we are becoming a member of Green Circle Salons, a comprehensive recycling and reuse program that will help us significantly reduce our environmental impact on the planet. The program helps us to redirect out of water streams and landfills everything once considered as garbage: hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics and liquid chemical waste.

We are the very first salon in Bellingham to join Green Circle Salons and we are excited to take our industry in a new direction with exceptional standards of environmental accountability. The beauty industry poses many challenges to the environment, from sourcing of ingredients to disposal of packaging and products. Through our alignment with Green Circle Salons, we hope to make better our ecological footprint by implementing simple green changes that will make both our salon, and our industry, more sustainable. One of our main hair product lines Davines sources ingredients for their products locally and use minimal packaging to create less waste.

What does this mean for our customers?
●    Peace of mind knowing that their salon has taken meaningful steps to keep our
communities healthy
●    By supporting our salon, they contribute to local and international community
development, as well as environmental research and innovation.
●    By supporting our salon, you will be helping shape the future of the salon industry
●   1$ environmental fee attached to every ticket helps us to achieve our goal

Key Questions:
Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and color tubes are not being recycled and are sent to a landfill? Recycling aluminum uses roughly 5% of the energy required to create new aluminum from bauxite. Ninety ­five percent of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and color tubes that are used. From now on, GCS Member Salons will take an environmentally responsible stand and ensure that all metals are properly recycled. This will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, reduce our dependence on nonrenewable resources, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.

Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas? GCS Member Salons will now be diverting all hair out of landfill and into other more sustainable projects. GCS will send hair clippings to be used on our oceans to help in oil spill cleanup and recovery projects. In 2010 Green Circle sent more than one thousand pounds of hair to the Gulf of Mexico to help clean the BP oil spill.

Did you know that all excess chemicals including color, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink into our water stream? Our solution will be to send all excess liquid chemical waste to a hazardous waste facility where it will be responsibly managed, so that it no longer pollutes our waterways or land.

More about GCS: Green Circle Salons is a company that provides a simple but powerful green strategy to help salons reduce their environmental footprint. We offer a proven pathway for salons to achieve success in the short term and be sustainable into the future. We believe that small steps to transform each salon, with the help of customers and employees, over time, will make that green conversion possible and sustainable. We offer an ecosystems approach that looks at recycling, energy, lighting, water, cleaning products and the re-purposing of hair- all parts of the salon experience.

We are also committed to giving back up to 5% of pre-tax profits to work with local and international organizations to develop and support programs that make creative environmental impact and lessons for positive change.

Visit http://washington.greencirclesalons.com/ for more information