You may be surprised to learn that the barbershop and salon industry sends more than 1,500 tons of recyclable aluminium back to landfill each year in Australia and New Zealand alone. That’s one and a half million kilos, about 715 cars, or four jumbo jets!
Unfortunately, aluminium doesn’t degrade easily. It actually contaminates the soil for 500 years. Add to this the waste of plastics, colour tubes, cut hair, and more, and you soon see that beauty at any price is no longer an option.
'We are committed to sustainable growth that encourages social responsibility and respect for the planet. This simple initiative can make all the difference to what was once landfill waste becoming a future resource,' says Jaymz, owner of Silk Barbers Bentleigh East.
Barbershop plastics - including soft plastics - are recycled into outdoor furniture, underground sheeting to protect the NBN, and closed-loop consumer products such as glasses frames, coasters, and pet leashes!
Collected ponytails are redirected to charitable wig-making services and organisations to provide wigs for those suffering from alopecia or cancer, while hair clippings swept up from the barber shop floor are made into Hair Booms used in oil-spill clean-up operations.
As clients become more aware of the impact barbershop and salon products have on the environment, they have also welcomed the opportunity to make a difference.
'The salon industry needs to take action now, and take care of the environment and our communities as much as we take care of clients,' says Paul Frasca, co-founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Salons. 'Jaymz really cares about making his barbershop as eco-friendly and community-minded as possible. When he looked at what his business could do to become more sustainable ecologically and economically, Sustainable Salons was the obvious choice.'