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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.
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.
We sat down with two salon owners to see how the Green Fee has worked out for them:
Olivia Barnes, owner of Barnes & Bray, GEDDES Forest Hill and GEDDES Ladywell:
Jo from Gilded Hair: