Sustainable Salons x Servilles
We are incredibly excited to announce that Servilles are the first New Zealand company to be part of the revolutionary sustainable movement that is @sustainablesalonsanz . We are in awe of Sustainable Salons’ passion and hard work in their efforts to reduce our ecological footprint, whilst also supporting charitable organisations and implementing environmentally-sustainable practices in all that they do. This is a chance for the hairdressing salons to start leading the way with recycling and sustainability in NZ. We really can make NZ the pure green country that we want it to be.
To give a little backstory…
Sustainable Salons is the first comprehensive resource recovery service designed for the salon environment that rewards salons and gives back to the community.
Founded by Paul Frasca and Ewelina Soroko in 2015, Sustainable Salons specialises in collecting up to 95% of the salon bin and redirecting all material for reuse, recycling and repurposing solutions. The program also offers rewards for salons’ recycling efforts with useful items and savings for their business, while 100% of the recycling proceeds are donated to OzHarvest and KiwiHarvest; these charitable organisations are dedicated to feeding the most vulnerable in our communities.
To date, they have saved 70,800 KGs of paper, 52,000KGs of plastic, 81,700KGs of metal and 7,500 litres of chemical from landfill and waterways. Additionally, they have collected 7.1 tonnes of hair for The Hair Boom Project (see below) and been able to provide 48,000 meals for the homeless via OzHarvest.
With new initiatives, partnerships and plans to further increase our service reach, everyday Sustainable Salons and its member salons are inching closer to making salon waste history.
And (some) of what they do…
Sustainable Salons provides all in-salon separation bins and outside collection bins to suit the salon’s needs and offers a fortnightly collection service directly to the salon door.
> Plastic packaging is sent to specialist local plastics recyclers where it’s cleaned and made into outdoor furniture and new product packaging, keeping it in circulation and out of our oceans.
> All aluminium, foil, colour tubes, cardboard, paper, magazines, razor blades, unwanted tools and select disposables are sold for recycling, and the proceeds are donated to OzHarvest and KiwiHarvest to provide meals for hungry people. A full head of foils provides a quarter of a meal to someone in need!
> Hair clippings are collected from the salon floor and stuffed into stockings to make Hair Booms that will help clean up oil spills along our coastlines! Hair is also repurposed in local community gardens for composting or used in sustainable art installations to educate the community.
> All collected ponytails 20cm or longer are distributed to charitable organisations to create wigs for those suffering from cancer or alopecia. Sustainable Salons is the largest donor of ponytails in the Southern Hemisphere.
> By collecting small amounts from a large salon network, Sustainable Salons is the first company to recycle excess chemicals in the salon industry. These are pooled and sent to chemical recycling plants where they’re neutralised and turned into recycled water used in roadworks and construction.
We are very excited to see what we can achieve in terms of reducing our ecological footprint and how we can help contribute back to the community. Watch this space or follow us on Instagram @servilleshair