Nurture green salon & spa, a newly green circle-certified salon, is now part of a comprehensive recycling and sustainability program that sets out to significantly reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.
From the sourcing of ingredients, to the disposal of packaging and products, the salon and beauty industry has long posed many challenges to the environment, Nurture officials said.
The business is located at 182 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
According to the company, 63,180 pounds of hair clippings, 42,122 pounds of hair color, 109,512 pounds of foil and color tubes, and 206, 392 pounds of wastepaper, salon bottles, and other paper and plastic items are being tossed out by hair salons across North America every single day.
“With this in mind, we wanted to join forces with Green Circle to take a stand for our planet and work together to reduce our ecological footprint and make our industry more sustainable,” the company said in a news release. “Through our partnership with Green Circle Salons, we will be redirecting what was once considered garbage out of our water streams and landfills to be re-purposed into innovative green solutions.”
Since May 1, all hair clippings, extensions, any excess color and developer, papers and plastics, foils, aerosol cans and color tubes from Nurture will be collected by Green Circle Salons, effectively cutting down the salon’s total waste by 85-95 percent, the company said.
“As our customers continue to take increasing interest in the ethical and environmental impacts of their purchasing power, we wanted to give our customers a genuinely more responsible and greener choice when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful,” officials said.
As a member of the Green Circle Salons network, Nurture “empowers our customers with the ability to vote with their dollars for positive change. By supporting our salon, our customers have the peace of mind knowing that they are taking meaningful steps to keeping our communities and environment healthy.”
The company said it uses products void of harsh chemicals and toxins. Nurture has chosen product lines to reflect its mission, such as Original Minerals and Surface.
Original Minerals professional hair color is designed for those who may be pregnant, have a skin sensitivity, illness or just looking for hair color that fits into a natural lifestyle. Products do not contain chemicals such as ammonia, resorcinol and PPD, the company said. Surface products and packaging are derived from natural and organic ingredients.
Since its inception in 2009, Green Circle has been building a network of certified salons and providing them with a pathway to green solutions including recycling and the re-purposing of hair for the manufacturing of oil spill booms (in partnership with BC Corrections and the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women), emergency bedding (used in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake), and other ongoing sustainable research applications.
Today, the network said it diverts waste from landfill spaces in every Canadian province and 45 states in the U.S. and has the capacity to service every zip and postal code in North America. For more information visit www.greencirclesalons.ca.
To learn more about Nurture visit our website www.nurturegreensalonandspa.com.