Victoria Park salon recycles to feed homeless

Oschea Hair and Beauty owner Susan Ripley with South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust and staff Cecile Marceron and Jacinta Hough.
Oschea Hair and Beauty owner Susan Ripley with South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust and staff Cecile Marceron and Jacinta Hough.

WHILE many businesses are gearing up for Plastic Free July, Oschea Hair and Beauty is recycling to feed the homeless.

The Victoria Park hair salon signed up to a nationwide Sustainable Salon initiative, launched this month , which plans to turn recycled aluminium foil, colour tubes, cardboard, paper, magazines, razor blades, unwanted tools and select disposables into cash that will be donated to OzHarvest.

With a full head of foils providing a quarter of a meal to someone in need, Oschea Hair and Beauty owner Susan Ripley said she was happy to sign on to the program, which required her to run her business in a vastly different way.

“We are more mindful now about what we’re doing with our waste,” Ms Ripley said.

“We can’t cross contaminate and had to learn how to recycle but it’s a better way of dealing with waste and an easy system to learn.”

As part of the initiative, hair clippings from the salon will also be collected to be made into hair booms that help clean up oil spills or transformed into wigs for those suffering from cancer or alopecia.

MLC Kate Doust congratulated Oschea Hair for signing up to the innovative program.

“This is a very smart decision for a small business owner to make as being green and sustainable will add value to her business” she said.

“Landfill is environmentally unsustainable and this program means the waste by products of her business will benefit our community and the environment.

Chilli Couture in Perth, Hair Outquin and Penny and Peach in North Perth, Eighty One on George in East Fremantle and Studio Black in Cottesloe have also signed up to the Sustainable Salon program.