Green Salon Collective

Recycling salon waste

Rated 5.0 out of 5
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114, High Street, Holywood, Northern Ireland, BT18 9HW 4403335776967

We all love the hairdressing industry but we also know it has an ugly side too. We freely pour toxic hair colour down the sink. We throw out used foils and colour tubes in the regular bin given they mostly can't be recycled. We even throw valuable hair cuttings into the bin. Green Salon Collective is here to change all this through our specialist salon recycling program! Founded by environmental experts, hairdressers and eco campaigners, we are the original authority on holistic salon sustainability throughout the UK and Ireland. If you're looking to become a more eco-friendly salon, then you're in the right place.

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Hair salon recycling service

Sustainability

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Story and ethos

We offer solutions for the following salon waste: hair, used foils, empty colour tubes, chemicals, PPE, plastic, paper and even salon towels. Whether they're composted, recycled, recovered or used to generate energy for the national grid - none of your salon waste will go to landfill. Beyond providing each of our members with starter kits, marketing material, next-day collections and ongoing support, we also offer useful educational material on all matters regarding salon sustainability within the whole hairdressing industry.

100% of any money raised from recycling your raw materials or new products made from your waste goes to amazing causes. By recycling our profits, every month we can support charities and organisations that are close to our hearts.

10 different ways to recycle hair. Hair is rich in Nitrogen, making it an ideal fertiliser for local and industrial composting. Hair adsorbs oil and pollutants, even in water. We've used hair in this way to clean up oil spills and polluted rivers across the UK and Ireland. By felting hair with our unique machinery, we can create a hair mat that can be used to cover storm drains or clean up waterways. Working with Biohm, a London based regenerative biomanufacturer, your hair is being combines with their unique binding material 'orb', to create particleboard-like sheets as well as moulded 3D objects. We are collaborating with 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. Our Head of R&D, Stephanie Hodgson, is conducting an experiment to test the ability of 'potting felt' a product for houseplants made from salon hair waste, to save water, deter pests, and release nitrogen into the soil. We have created a truly unique workshop with our research partner, Sanne Visser, Design Researcher in Residence at The Design Museum.Collaborating with architecture and research firm, Pareid, we explore the application of salon hair waste in architecture and building materials.We can use even the shortest of hair in the Green Salon Collective hair recycling projects, however, when the hair is long enough to create a wig, that is what we will do.Working with dressmakers and designers, we can turn hair into dresses and clothes. In 2022, Green Salon Collective was featured in museums across the UK and Europe showcasing what can be done with hair.

Reviews

Every hairdresser should join

Rated 5.0 out of 5
18 December 2023

I’m telling my hairdresser to join – spread the word ☺️

Jen

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