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To join us, buy a starter kit from the shop (from £99); this is a one time only purchase; from this point on, you purchase return boxes from us via a pay-as-you-go system.
You fill your boxes with bags of hair, foil, colour tubes etc., and when the box is full, we take it away.
On average, the cost is £1 per client. We have no hidden fees, no contracts or direct debits.
Our system is 100% pay-as-you-go and is funded by your clients paying a £1 green fee on each visit.
Most salons profit from our system.
For our system to become cost-neutral our member salons charge their clients a £1 to £2 (or euro) Green Fee on every visit. Some of our members call it an eco fee or a sustainable fee. Either way, this extra charge covers all future costs of being a member with us.
Once you pay for a starter kit, we offer a 'pay as you go' service. At any point you can start collecting Green Fees and then use this new revenue to purchase GSC Return Boxes for the collection of your accumulated 'waste', as and when needed.
We work with most salon software programs. This means we can set up your system so a Green Fee is added to every invoice. This extra revenue does not get added to stylists totals either. It will be accounted for separately on your 'profit and loss' so you can clearly see how much Green Fees you have accumulated versus how much you have spent with us.
Short answer: YES!
In fact, the feedback has been that the vast majority of salon and freelancer clients have zero issue with the Green Fee because they want to support more sustainable ethical businesses.
Our member salons, on average, picked up 3 new clients in the first 3 months just because they are on our Member Locator.
ABOVE: Hear Q Cut's Syd Hayes and Anne Veck Limited's Keith Mellen talking about their experiences of charging their clients a Green Fee, and how excited clients have been to learn more about what the extra £1 means for the future of salon waste and the environment.
BELOW: Hear a representative from OB-1 Salon talking about the simple steps salons can take to become more sustainable, and how the Green Fee is not only happily paid by existing clients, but is bringing new clients.
BELOW: We also sat down with Olivia Barnes, Owner of Barnes & Bray, GEDDES Forest Hill and GEDDES Ladywell and Jo from Gilded Hair to see how the Green Fee has worked out for them: