Chemical Waste within hairdressing

This report focuses on the impact of chemicals, both to our health and the planet’s, as well as exploring ways to reduce chemical waste. 

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Chemicals - Hairdressing Industry Report

Benefits of Hair for Houseplants

After an almost year long study, we have assessed the benefits of using hair as a potting felt for houseplants, comparing both the absence and presence of hair as well as where the hair is placed. To discover the 4 benefits and view the results, read the report below. 

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Mirror Talkers

We worked with Professor Baden on a 12 month study to explore ways to reduce individual carbon and water footprintsrelated to haircare routines. In particular, looked at the effectiveness of mirror talkers - small messages on hairdresser mirrors - for engaging clients in conversations around sustainable haircare.

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Disposable Salon Towels

We have witnessed rising uncertainty and concern in the hair and beauty industry with disposable towels becoming a recurring question both during our accreditation process as well as in everyday conversations with our members. Consequently, we have decided to conduct an objective study comparing the environmental (and financial) costs of disposable and reusable salon towels.

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Hair in Soil

We currently send the majority of salon hair waste to our composting partner and so far we have only received positive feedback from them. Commercial composting is heavily regulated and batches of the final product are regularly sent to approved labs for testing. It is clear that composting is a great and safe outcome for hair. But as we are set to serve more and more salons in the coming years, we expect to deal with a lot more hair. (A lot!) It is therefore imperative that we continually monitor this new feedstock, including through additional testing, and at the same time explore new opportunities to exploit this nitrogen-rich material for agriculture. 

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