We all know that wasted hair colorcolour is bad for your business and the environment … but where does it end up after we’ve said goodbye?
The beauty industry creates a staggering amount of waste: nearly a half-million poundslbs come out of North American businesses every single day. We know that black trash bags usually take a one-way trip straight to the landfill, but what is the alternative?
Industry waste specialist Green Circle Salons has spent the last decade building innovative ways to recycle, repurpose, and reimagine what was once considered trash. Today, over 95% of the waste materials we use in salons and spas can be recovered through this simple program – from hair clippings and foils to electronics, spa materials, and yes, even leftover colorcolour.
So what’s the big deal?
“The problem with how we’ve previously disposed of these specific waste materials is that it just can’t be sustained by the planet any longer,” says Lead GCS Educator Will Simpson. “Leftover hair colorcolour usually gets poured down the drain, along with cleaning solutions, medication, and all of the other things that our wastewater centers were never designed to treat. The result is, it ends up back in our lakes and oceans where it bioaccumulates and creates disastrous impacts that move up the food chain. Our bodies end up as the final filter, and nobody wants to drink that!”