We hear salons say they are “Organic” when they are far from it. One shining example sits right down the street from us. They are an example of greenwashing at its finest.
We hear salons say they use “All Natural” or “Healthy” products when everything in their inventory has parabens, sulfates, phtlates, plastics, ammonia, formaldehyde and numerous carcinogenic ingredients.
We hear salons say they are “Green” because they recycle. It’s great you recycle, but being “Green” and/or “Eco-friendly” involves much, much more work and thoughtfulness than throwing your used bottles in a bin.
Being a “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” salon involves a wide array of ethical, everyday duties such as the following:
- Low Flow Faucets and shampoo bowls
- All plastic, paper, aluminum and wood is recycled
- Only non-chemical cleaning agents are used for surfaces, windows and flloors
- Energy Star Appliances/ Automatic Sleep Modes/ After hours Timers
- Do Not use paper-towels. Use washable organic towels, instead.
- Hair clippings are donated to Matters of Trust opposed to be discarded to a landfill
- Read more tips here: VERDE ECO HAIR
Another step to take is making sure that your product packaging (plastic bottles for shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, color and so forth) are made from PLA aka Bioplastics. ”What are Bioplastics?” you ask. Bioplastics are derived from renewable resources such as vegetable fats and oils, corn and pea starch, or sugarcanes. Packaging is extracted from waste fruits, vegetables and plants and is processed into a plastic-like starch through fermenting (Creates the lactic acid), dehydrating (losing water) and polymerizing (large chains of smaller molecules) the natural waste products. Simply put, this an all-natural process that occurs through the breakdown of molecules via micro-organisms, which allows for the build up of the smaller molecules into longer chains to form the desired plastic. In other words, the PLA blends come in the form of granulates with various properties that are used in the plastic processing industry for the production of an array of products, specifically including a product Verde Eco-Salon will exclusively be carrying in the North Florida area come April 1st, 2014: Green Tea Shampoo / Tree In A Bottle. Once you are finished with this fabulous/95% organic shampoo, you can plant the bottle in the soil and it literally will grow into a tree.
HOW BIOPLASTICS ARE GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
Bioplastics are a sustainable alternative to petrochemical-derived products (chemical products derived from petroleum), since the lactides from which it is ultimately produced can be derived from the fermentation (biological process) of agricultural by-products. In other words, bioplastics rely less on fossil fuel as a carbon source and introduces fewer net-new greenhouse emissions because they are not made with petroleum. Leading manufacturers of PLA Bioplastics confirm that making PLA delivers a fossil fuel saving of between 25% and 68% compared to that of petroleum based polyethylene. In addition, they are more sustainable than synthetic plastics because they can break down in the environment synthetic (artificial) plastics because they can break down in the environment faster than fossil-fuel plastics, which can take more than 100 years to degrade. By planting the empty O’right Shampoo bottle in the ground to biodegrade (chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means), it reduces the amount of waste clogging up the landfills that are seen with the disposal of synthetic plastics. TALK ABOUT GLAMOUR WITHOUT THE GUILT!!!
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