Shaping a Sustainable Future: How the Salon Industry Can Lead the Circular Economy

By Paul Frasca

As a Founder of Sustainable Salons, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of collective action within the salon industry. Today, I want to delve into a pressing issue: salon waste and how our industry can pivot towards a circular economy, all while championing sustainability and community impact.

Embracing Salon Waste

Salons, bustling hubs of creativity and style, also generate significant waste. The accumulation of discarded materials, from plastic product containers to foil and hair clippings, poses environmental challenges. But here's the thing: what if we viewed this waste not as a problem but as a potential resource?

At Sustainable Salons, we're reshaping the narrative around salon waste. Our program isn't just about recycling; it's about closing the loop and giving materials a new lease on life. Take our latest innovation, the Sustainable Salons Comb, for example; it is crafted using recycled plastics sourced from our members. It’s not just a styling tool; it's a symbol of our commitment to circularity.

Partnerships for a Circular Future

But our journey doesn't stop there. We're fostering partnerships with like-minded organisations, such as Defy Design, to push the boundaries of sustainable design and manufacturing. Together, we're turning plastics into valuable products and exploring innovative ways to repurpose salon waste. It's a testament to the power of collaboration in driving systemic change.

Educating and Inspiring Action

Our mission extends beyond recycling bins and product design. We're educators, empowering salon owners and stylists to embrace sustainability in their businesses and daily practices. Through knowledge and resources, we're equipping our community with the tools to minimise waste and maximise impact. Sustainable Salons member Chantelle Cowcher, owner of Telleish Hair Studio in South Melbourne, takes pride in being a Sustainable Salon. They understand the impact they are contributing to and the benefits for future generations.

Sustainability matters to us as a collective at Telleish because we only have one planet; we are just renting it; let’s leave it for our kids and grandkids in a better way than we found it.

Chantelle Cowcher, Owner of Telleish Hair Studio in South Melbourne, Victoria

Lead with Sustainability

So, where do we go from here? It starts with each salon owner, stylist, and client recognising their role in the circular economy journey. Whether choosing eco-friendly products, implementing waste-reduction and resource recovery strategies like the Sustainable Salons Program, or supporting initiatives like Sustainable Salons, every action counts.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Together, we can redefine the salon industry's relationship with waste. Let's transform challenges into opportunities, fostering a future where sustainability isn't just a buzzword but a reality. 

Are you ready to join us towards a brighter, more sustainable future? Together, we can make every salon experience sustainable.