We collaborate on various research and development projects that are helping to create a circular economy within the hair and beauty industry.
We work with:
- Academic institutions
- Product companies
- Product developers
Our R&D department is project-oriented. We collaborate with individuals and organisations that are also working on target-focused, longer term tasks that result in the creation of new knowledge, products or services which measurably improve our industry.
Meet some of our Research and Development Partners
Phd student, Centre for Circular Design
Designer, Studio Sanne Visser
We are supporting Sanne's PhD which seeks to better understand the limitations as well as innovation opportunities for using human hair waste as a material. We are also collaborating with her design studio to bring hairdressers together to explore making and use human hair rope.
To learn more about Sanne's work CLICK HERE
We are collaborating with Stephanie to better understand the environmental toll of disposable salon towels compared to traditional washable ones like cotton and microfibre. Stephanie is also leading on a number of other projects around the uses of human hair waste.
Ian Williams, PhD
Professor of Applied Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton
We are collaborating with Professor Williams to co-create an assignment for students to propose opportunities for developing a circular economy for hair or other salon waste streams in the UK.
To learn more about Professor William's work CLICK HERE
Denise Baden, PhD
Professor of Sustainable Business, University of Southampton
We are collaborating with Denise to explore the effectiveness of using mirror talkers to get conversations going between hairdressers and clients about sustainable haircare.
Local recycling business, Lancaster
We are collaborating with Relic to bring new recycled plastic products to market for the hair and beauty industry using plastic waste generated by the same industry. We are also commissioning Relic to produce a limited series of 100% recycled pots for an upcoming R&D event.
To learn more about Relic Plastic CLICK HERE
Founder, Go Climate Positive
We are collaborating with Eoin on our Disposable Salon Towels project. Eoin is carrying out Life Cycle Assessments for various salon towel types and visiting GSC member salons in order to better understand how these towels are actually being used, laundered and disposed of.
Founder, The Liminality
We consult with Raechel on our Disposable Salon Towels project. Raechel was integral to initiating this investigation and she will be using our findings to give reliable recommendations to GSC members undertaking our Accreditation process.
To learn more about regenerative business at The Liminality CLICK HERE
Architecture and research firm, London
We are supporting leading architects, Deborah Lopez and Hadin Charbel from Pareid, in their development of hair-based architectural and building materials. They will be experimenting with our felting machine as well as helping to produce prototypes for our Potting Felt study.
To learn more about the architects and our collaboration CLICK HERE
Regenerative biomanufacturer, London
We are collaborating with Biohm on an exploratory study to trial human hair waste in both their "orb" and "mycelium" processes to produce an alternative wood-based sheet material (pictured) or other 3D objects. We are also exploring the possibilities for creating products specifically for the hair and beauty industry.
(Picture credit: BIOHM)
Natural Fibre Co
Woolen Mill, Cornwall
We are collaborating with Natural Fibre Co, a British mill supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, on a project to upscale the use of hair in yarn and rope. We are currently trialing a 'chunky' yarn comprised of salon hair waste blended with near-waste wool.
(Picture credit: Natural Fibre Co)
Owner, Crawford Hair
We are collaborating with Ryan on a number of hair felt projects. Ryan is replicating our Potting Felt project to ensure our data is robust.
To learn more about Crawford Hair CLICK HERE
Until we can make our other partnerships public, we'll tell you about some of the conversations we're having right now! We are in conversation with...
- ... a design activist who uses hair not only in fashion but as a catalyst for discussions around inequality, gentrification and diversity.