Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 53)
BY JENN LYLES
FIVE EASY WAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET AND YOUR WALLET
n an age where people are more environmentally cautious, green is the new black. Beauty schools and salons, now more than ever, are making a conscious decision to lower their carbon footprint. Going green leads to more green back in your pocket, and cosmetology-based businesses are not only making strides to save the planet, but their environmental investments are paying off in energy cuts and attracting more customers who value these same issues. Here are five easy ways to make your business more environmentally friendly without having to completely remodel your establishment.
With green consumerism on the rise, people want to buy products packaged with eco-friendly biodegradable plastics and recycled materials. Aveda is leading the beauty industry with responsible packaging, and they publicize that they are the first beauty company with 100 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials for skin care and hair styling in their bottles and jars. Saving more than 300 tons of virgin plastic each year, 80 percent of their plastic bottles are made from milk bottles and the Aveda Men line uses 95 percent of PCR materials. Look for product lines that use recycled materials and when a customer purchases a product from your school, ask them if they even want a bag rather than assuming they do.
Although you may have still the option to buy any light bulb you want, we’re heading in a direction where that might not always be the case. California recently got on board with several European countries, Australia, Brazil and China, where 100-watt bulbs are being phased out in an effort to reduce energy. Jump on the bandwagon and switch from CFL to LED bulbs. Not only are they non-toxic and use 60 to 90 percent less energy, but they’re more durable, 98 percent recyclable and will help reduce your cooling costs. In addition, LED bulbs are proven to last 35 to 50 times longer than a standard CFL bulb and they last four to 10 times longer than fluorescent lights.
Energy efficient washing machines and dryers are a key element to turning your school into a more eco-friendly atmosphere. Front-loaders are generally better when it comes to using less water, although top loaders usually hold bigger loads, meaning washing is less frequent. If you’re not shopping for new equipment anytime soon, you can still make energy cuts by waiting until you have a full load of laundry before starting the washing machine, using cold water for all of your cycles and shortening your drying time.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA 2012 Convention Preview
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
A Beautiful Return
AACS Listserve Q & A
Building a Powerful To-Do List
Creating Agile and Efficient Meetings
Wearing Many Hats
Beauty Changes Lives
Your Career Center
Never Assume a Pitch Is Dead
Creating Green Value
And Then There’s Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Behind the Scenes with The Hunger Games
Creating a Dream Career
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Associate Member Profiles: Insurance and Legal Services
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2