A HAIR salon has received recognition for its efforts to reduce waste through the City of Wanneroo’s sustainability program.
Hennaberrys for Hair in Wanneroo has been named a ‘Switched on business’ as part of the Switch Your Thinking program, a local government initiative that encourages sustainable action across Perth.
“While a lot of their actions may be invisible to customers, Hennaberrys for Hair have made several simple changes that lead to a reduction of waste from the busy salon,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
“From emailing receipts rather than printing, and having a vertical garden outside the salon where ground coffee and tea leaves are composted, they set a great example of what businesses can be doing.”
For salon owner Tracey Cottrell, reducing waste starts with thoughtful purchasing decisions such as buying package-free tea, coffee and cleaning products from the Wasteless Pantry in Greenwood and toilet paper made from 100 per cent recycled paper.
When it comes to tools of their trade, the salon chooses sustainable options such as reusable, biodegradable products from Paper Not Foil for all colouring.
“We were one of the first salons in Perth to offer ammonia-free hair colour,” Ms Cottrell said.
“This focus drove me to pursue the low-chemical and vegan product ranges we now stock exclusively, and in turn a passion for sustainability.
Hennaberrys for Hair also participates in Sustainable Salons, a social enterprise that helps salons divert up to 95 per cent of their waste from landfill.
Sustainable Salons collect, repurpose and redistribute chemicals, metal and plastic packaging, razors and hair, including providing clipped ponytails for use in wigs for those suffering from medically-induced hair-loss conditions such as Alopecia and cancer.