World Environment Day: The change Green Salon Collective are making

By Fry Taylor on May 16th, 2023

To celebrate World Environment Day, this month, Salon Gold teamed up with Fry Taylor from Green Salon Collective to talk all things sustainability.

Alright, my fellow planet-savers, let me tell you about Green Salon Collective and our hair-raising (in a good way) efforts to make the hair and beauty industry more sustainable! GSC is doing some truly revolutionary things to reduce waste (100 tonnes and counting) and attract a new eco-conscious clientele. So hold onto your hats (or hair nets) and let’s dive in!

Green Salon Collective is leading the charge in sustainability by recycling hair in all sorts of creative ways. That’s right, hair! We collect hair from salons UK & Ireland and repurpose them in all sorts of innovative ways. Here are just a few examples of what we do:

First up, hair can be used to clean up oil spills. It’s a great adsorber, which means it’s perfect for soaking up oil spills. Hair can be turned into mats and booms that can be used to clean up oil spills.

Hair is also great for composting, as it’s rich in nitrogen. But they don’t stop there. We are also exploring regenerative biomanufacturing, which involves combining hair with a unique binding material to create particleboard-like sheets and moulded 3D objects. We’re even working with mycelium, the root structure of fungi, to grow around hair to create insulation panels.

Collaborating with the Natural Fibre Co., a British woollen mill in Cornwall, to develop a hair-wool fibre alternative to petroleum or cotton-based yarns, ropes and twines. We created a 40:60 hair and wool blend using salon’s waste hair and undervalued, destined-for-compost wool. This sustainable alternative reduces the reliance on non-renewable resources and provides a market for undervalued wool.

But that’s not all! Working with architecture and research firm, Pareid, to create materials that visibly showcase the presence of hair in final products and installations as a way to compel people to consider the material not as waste but as a resource. And we are even turning hair into dresses and clothes in collaboration with dressmakers and designers. In 2022 & 2023, Green Salon Collective was featured in museums across the UK and Europe showcasing what can be done with hair and we have a show coming up in New York later this year too!

Now, you might be wondering how all of this helps salons attract new clients and improve revenue. Well, as more and more people become aware of the impact their actions have on the environment, they’re looking for businesses that share their values. By partnering with Green Salon Collective and promoting eco-friendly practices, salons can attract a whole new type of client who values sustainability and wants to make a difference. And as we all know, more clients mean more revenue. It’s a win-win situation for salons and the planet!

We are constantly exploring new ways to use hair waste in sustainable applications. And the best part? We’re offering free consultations with Eco Experts to help salons become more sustainable. If you book a call, you’ll even get a free 40-page Breen Bible packed with 40 tips on how to be a sustainable salon. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s save the planet, one hair at a time!

Fry Taylor

Fry Taylor is Co-Founder of Green Salon Collective, and is a Professional Trash Talker. Founded in 2020, Green Salon Collective's key goal is to recycle and reuse salon waste, focusing on specialist items like hair and metal. They use hair in over 10 different ways, including cleaning up oil spills, and donate all profits from recycling metals. They compost salon towels and generate energy from chemical waste and PPE. So far, they've diverted over 100 tons of salon waste from landfill or incineration.

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