Our vision is to raise the standard of our industry by enabling salons to become more ethical and sustainable environments for not only the salon, but for the stylists and salon guests too. Using our recycling system, together with our education and accreditation programme, salons can gain new like-minded clients by becoming true, ethical, sustainable businesses that turn the waste in your bins, to meaningful wins. Every item of salon waste can be used again to benefit our industry, community and the environment.
The sad truth is that mixed recycling does not work. It causes cross-contamination within the bin bags, causing many salon items to be sent to landfill.
By providing a circular economy for salons, Green Salon Collective are the solution.
The circle in the Green Salon Collective logo is to represent the circular economy that we are creating within our industry. With every single decision we make, the first thought is always, "How will this benefit our industry, the environment and/or the community?" w
When we deal with your waste we are always thinking, "How can we reuse, repurpose or recycle this waste into an item or scenario that will benefit the industry, the environment or the community?". With this mindset, we can create a circular economy with each waste stream that you give us.
Traditionally, our industry has a linear economy. Salons send waste to landfill, very little (if any!) gets recycled, and there are no benefits for anyone.
Here are two examples of how we create a circular economy within your salon.
The current linear hair issue
Currently, hair goes straight to landfill and has no positive impact on your business, the environment or community.
Circular solution for hair with GSC
We provide you with a bin for only hair. We collect the hair from your salon using either electric vans or carbon-neutral transportation. We use your hair for either gardening, composting or for oil or waterway cleaning operations. And when we can profit from this process we the proceeds to industry charities.
The current linear metal issue
Your empty colour tubes and used foil do not get recycled in mixed recycling, as they cause the paper and plastic to also become contaminated. As a result, all these contaminated items then go to landfill. Your foil and tubes then take 400 years to breakdown as the toxic chemicals seep into the environment.
Circular solution for metals with GSC
We provide you with a bin for salon metals (used foil, colour tubes, cans). We collect the metals from your salon using either electric vans or carbon-neutral transportation.
We then 100% recycle the metals in the UK, and profits raised from the commodity sale go to charities like Haircuts 4 Homeless & FoodCycle.
Saving the planet doesn't have to cost the earth
Available UK & Ireland wide, our system costs on average £1 or €1 per client. To learn more, head to the contact page and get in touch.
Why Green Salon Collective?
The sad truth is that mixed recycling does not work. It causes cross-contamination within the bin bags, resulting in most salon waste being sent straight to landfill.
By providing a circular economy for salons, Green Salon Collective are the solution with our ZERO to landfill policy. Find out more about salon circular economy here. Link www.greensaloncollective.com/our-vision
Green fees, Eco fees, Sustainable charges. What are they and how do they work?
For our system to become cost-neutral, our member salons charge their clients a £1 to £2 (or euro) "Green fee" per visit. Some salons call it an eco-fee or a sustainable fee, but either way, this extra charge covers all future costs of being a member with us. Learn more about green fee’s here.
Do I have to charge a Green Fee?
No. However, we highly recommend you doing so for this system to become cost neutral for you as a salon. It’s also a great conversation starter for you to explain to your clients about all the great actions you’re taking with your salon waste.
Is it true that I can gain new clients after joining Green Salon Collective?
Absolutely! On average, salons gain 3 new clients within the first 3 months of joining Green Salon Collective!
Does Green Salon Collective charge a monthly membership fee?
No. Once you have paid for your registration kit, GSC is then a "pay as you go" system. Salons charge their clients a green fee then and then use that additional revenue to buy GSC return boxes, when needed.
How should I test to see if my clients would be happy in paying a £1 to £2 (or euro) Green Fee?
Ask them! We’ve had many salons who have posted a simple “Yes” / “No” survey on their social accounts and put the question to their clients. “Would you be happy in paying an extra £1 to £2 (or euro) per visit to help us in becoming a zero to landfill salon?” The results are maybe not too surprising…. Anthony Keast of Saco Hair said “Feedback from clients tells us that they are more than happy to add an extra £1 Green fee to their final bill. Our team love talking to clients about the changes and impact we are making, working with Salon Green Collective.”
How do I incorporate a Green Fee to a client bill?
We work with most salon software programs which means we can set up your system, so a Green Fee is automatically added to every invoice raised. It will sit separately on your profit & loss so you can clearly see how much you have generated in Green Fees vs. how much you have spent with us on return boxes. It will also ensure that it is kept separate from a stylist’s sales totals too.
Do I need to clean the dirty foil or plastic before placing it in the separation bags?
No! We love dirty materials, so save water, and place all of your waste straight into the separation bags provided with your starter kit.
Can I recycle wet hair?
Yes! Just ensure that it’s human hair that you’re putting into the compostable bags provided with your starter kit and then place those bags into the returns box when full.
Can I recycle hair extensions?
Absolutely! We’ll pass all hair extensions that meet the criteria on to The Princess Trust. Just make sure that it’s only the hair you place in the returns box. Please remove all bonds/clips first.
Is there anything else I need to purchase in addition to a starter kit to get going?
No. We’ll give you everything you need to start your recycling journey with us. Everything from in salon bins, to bin bags, to even window stickers for your clients to read about the amazing things you’re now doing with your salon waste.
Can we get some training on how to use everything that comes in our starter kit?
Absolutely! We run regular live training sessions that we’ll invite all new members to join. Just keep an eye out for an email announcing the next Salon Training event and make sure to follow us on Instagram as we’ll always post upcoming events their first.
Do you track the waste?
Yep! We track every bag you give us and provide you with certificates so you can share your waste totals with your salon guests and the wider community.
The common feedback we get from many salons is that their client's say that they are more than happy for the salon to add an extra £1 Green fee to their final bill.