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The HABA are partnering with Waste Free Systems to provide salon owners with a way to repurpose and recycle salon supplies, packaging and even chemicals into usable materials or to be disposed of appropriately check out their post just recently.


Posted August 21, 2017

We all know that recycling is the best thing that we can do for the environment and the preservation of the planet for future generations. At home, we recycle just about everything from cardboard boxes to glass bottles and hard plastics. We know what needs to be done to ensure that our garbage is reduced as far as it can be. But what about in salon?

There are some really easy things that salon owners can encourage their staff to do to help reduce waste in salon – from bringing your lunch in reusable containers to having recycle bins in the salon, but there is still the bigger issue of salon waste.

The Hair and Beauty Industry is full of materials that can be recycled but often aren’t. You might be surprised to learn that the Australian hairdressing industry sends over 1,500 tonnes of recyclable aluminium back to landfill each year – the equivalent of 715 cars worth of aluminium. And let’s not talk about plastic bottles, cardboard and packaging materials that we all get our supplies in. Something has to be done – we cannot sit idly by while our industry continues to produce this level of garbage.

HABA are partnering with Waste Free Systems to provide salon owners with a way to repurpose and recycle salon supplies, packaging and even chemicals into usable materials or to be disposed of appropriately. Waste Free Systems know that sustainability means smart business and provide salon owners with the advantages of practising a systemised, smart, waste management strategy, where nature and technology can be combined in an eco-friendly way. Creating a green, waste free zone in your salon not only gives clients another reason to come in but it helps business grow and benefits those in need as well.

Many of the materials, supplies and excess that we use in our industry can be completely recycled, repurposed or reused. Things like paper and cardboard can be put into worm farms or compost; Plastics can be sorted for appropriate recycling and aluminium foil can be recycled into other products like cast ingots. By products of our industry can also be collected – hair can be used in worm farms or flood booms, while chemicals can be treated and either disposed of appropriately and some elements are even returned to the earth.

Waste Free Systems are proud to say that only 1 wheelie bin per 10 salons they deal with goes directly to landfill, minimising the amount buried each year that will not biodegrade. Waste Free Systems are dedicated to raising funds to sponsor the Bravehearts Foundation. Bravehearts are all about keeping children safe and helping to prevent sexual abuse. They run support and education programs in and outside schools. Any funds received by Waste Free Systems from repurposing or recycling, including donations from salons we deal with, are given to provide “The gift of healing” counselling sessions with a specialist counsellor for children affected by child sexual abuse.

Waste Free Systems will provide salon owners with all the tools you need to make a significant difference to the waste coming out of your salon. Unique bins, training and marketing are all provided so that you can get in front of the curve rather than behind it. They currently service metro Brisbane and both the Sunshine and Gold Coast – but they want to come and make a difference to your salon in your city, no matter where in Australia you are located. Show us your support and a sales representative will get in touch with you to discuss how they can best help you create a more sustainable salon. Waste Free Systems are offering a special deal for HABA Members so give Bernie a call on 1300 731 404 or 0408 765 031 and see how you can make a real green change in your salon.Posted August 21, 2017

Waste Free Systems provides a most comprehensive service creating Waste Free and Sustainable Salons in Australia in partnership with the hairdressing industry. Our service collects 100% of a salon's waste and repurposes or recycles the waste with the salon benefiting not only from their environmental efforts but to their bottom line as well.

Find out about how you can be part of it here and make a difference today!

How Is Repurposing More Effective Than Recycling?

Many salons we approach say that they are already a ‘waste-free zone’ because they recycle.

But, when we delve a bit deeper by asking a few questions, it turns out that they are not waste-free at all.

They may recycle some of their waste, but a great deal still ends up down the drain or in landfill.

So what’s the difference when it comes to repurposing, which is what we at Waste Free Systems specialise in?

The differences boil down to three main points:

1.There is nearly ZERO landfill involved

Many salons that think they are doing the ‘right thing’ are actually shocked to find out that much of their waste still ends up in landfill.

This is partly due to the huge volumes of waste involved in the day-to-day salons business, but cross-contamination of recycle bins is also very common.

People don’t always follow the rules; and they may mistakenly place the wrong waste in the wrong bin, especially when things are busy.

2.ALL waste is collected

With the large volumes involved, recycling might be a ‘best effort’ approach to tackle the problem, but it never captures ALL waste.

The problem is so serious that we should be thinking in terms of saving EVERYTHING WE CAN from landfill.

Otherwise it inevitably ends up in the water supply further down the line.

Repurposing catches not only cardboard, plastics, and metals, but as close as possible to 100 percent of waste.

This includes hair, paper, chemical, sharps, and organic waste, as well as all the rest.

3. It helps people as well as the planet

Recycling is aimed at helping the planet. Repurposing not only does this, but it also does its bit for humanity.

Wherever possible, the repurposed waste is directed to local and international projects that help people in need.

We have come across an amazing young lady on the Sunshine Coast who uses thread made from Marine plastic to make bikinis.

Check it out head on over and get yourself a great sustainable bikini.

Interested in making your salon a waste-free zone? We are all for making sustainable salons in Australia, It’s easy to get started.

Simply fill in your details here and we’ll be right back in touch with you to discuss how to start implementing our ‘turnkey’ repurposing system. 

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What’s A Waste-Free Zone - And How Can Your Salon Become One?

Did you know that hair, instead of being placed in a garbage bag and ending up in landfill, can be repurposed into several items that are helpful for the environment?

Did you know that the aluminium foil and colour tubes you use in your salon are also sent to landfill – along with 1200 tonnes of aluminium foil every year in Australia?

It was facts like this that inspired us to start doing something about it with the establishment of ‘waste-free zones’.

What are waste-free zones?

Waste-free zones are salons that have signed up to the Waste Free Systems initiative to repurpose most of their waste.

This means that whenever customers come in for a haircut, colour, or other treatment, nearly all of the waste associated with that visit isn't doing any harm whatsoever to the planet. In fact it is doing a lot of good...

Rather than foil being thrown in the bin, plastics being dumped, hair being collected into bags, and blunt blades being thrown away, every scrap of waste is collected in special art bins that beautify the salon, and the waste is regularly collected and repurposed.

Instead of contributing to the problem, salons can now do something about protecting the planet for future generations AND help people in need right now.

How are we helping people in need?

Virtually all the daily salon waste we collect can be repurposed using the latest technologies: not just the plastic bottles and blades, but hair, chemicals, cardboard, and even organic waste.

Our endeavour with repurposed waste is to connect it to projects in Australian and internationally that help people in genuine need.

One example is Hair Aid, a local not-for-profit that trains unemployed people in hairdressing, providing them with a skill and a means of making an income. Hair actually makes great fertiliser, believe it or not, and can be used in community gardens.

These projects make a real difference to real people’s lives right now; so becoming a waste-free zone is benefiting the present, as well as protecting the future of the planet.

How can you become a waste-free zone?

It’s easy to become a waste-free zone. Simply head on over here and sign up with your contact details. It costs nothing.

We’ll be right back in touch with you to discuss the next steps, delivery of the bins, and training. It’s designed as a complete ‘turnkey’ system that makes it very simple for busy salon owners to get on board.

You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes to your salon, your customers, people in need, and the planet!