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Unrecycled Hair Gives Off Methane Gas: What Does Your Hair Salon Do With It’s Leftovers?

Unrecycled Hair Gives Off Methane Gas: What Does Your Hair Salon Do With It’s Leftovers?

While other salons across the US are tossing items like foils and pouring chemicals like ammonia down the drain, George the salon Chicagohas found a way to recycle 95% of all leftover waste from daily services.  Once considered garbage, leftover hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals are now recycled and reused at this Chicago salon.  While some industries have access to paid recycling for paper and plastic, the bulk of salon waste – hair, metals, excess chemicals, and much more – has always been destined for the trash bin and sink.In an effort to change this alarming fact and significantly reduce their environmental impact,this salon began a new comprehensive recycling / reuse program,ensuring 95% of their waste is reprocessed. This program founded by Green Circle Salons redirects daily waste like hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals out of our water streams and landfills, creating environmental accountability in the beauty industry. Now with each salon visit, clients of George the salon (and other salons participating with this program) contribute to local and international community development, as well as environmental research and innovation for a healthier planet.

Scary Salon Waste Facts:

Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will mummify, continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas?

This program diverts all hair out of landfills and into other more sustainable projects. Green Circle Salons, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways that hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications.  Hair can be used on our oceans to help in oil spill cleanup and recovery projects, to make wigs for cancer patients, plant food, and more unusual applications in development.

Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and color tubes are not being recycled and are sent to landfill?

Recycling aluminum uses roughly 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum from bauxite. 95% of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and color tubes that are used in salons across North America. Now properly recycled, this will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.

Did you know that all excess chemicals including color, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink into our water stream?

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This is the ugly truth of the beauty industry, and it needs to be addressed. This salons solution is to to send all excess color waste to a hazardous waste facility where they will be incinerated to produce clean energy!

What can you do?

Support and patronize eco-friendly salons, and encourage your salon to become green certified by sending them this article and posting!