Looking out for the environment has become a huge concern for businesses and clients, meaning it’s time to make your salon or spa more sustainable. Adopting more sustainable practices not only helps look after the planet in variety of ways, but attracts like-minded clients to your business. To help, we have outlined five easy ways to help future-proof your salon or spa.
1: Organic products make your salon or spa more sustainable
Sourcing eco-friendly products is a great way to support the planet and make your spa or small business more sustainable. GAIA Skincare is one such brand creating a range of award-winning sustainable products such as moisturisers, oils and body butters. Their natural products harness the very best of mother nature, using plant actives and essential oils, along with packaging made from materials such as bamboo. GAIA also combines products with therapies and natural spaces in its spas, extending its ethos on natural wellness throughout the business.
2: Create dedicated eco-friendly spaces
The natural environment is an effective space to relax the mind and body, so why not include dedicated locations onsite? As with GAIA spas, you could introduce these spaces complete with outdoor plants, fresh air flow and natural light for a serene atmosphere without additional running costs. Additionally, to reduce those energy costs further, you could switch your lighting to more sustainable alternatives. For example, LED light fixtures reduce power consumption, whereas solar panels make for a self-sufficient way of providing a light source.
3: Eliminate single-use plastics
An easy way to make your salon or spa more sustainable is by reducing single-use plastics. Unfortunately, plastic doesn’t decompose, it simply separates into what’s known as ‘microplastics’ that harm the environment and our bodies. Through replacing items such as disposable plastic cups with glass and china, single-use plastic toiletries with refillable soaps and shampoos, or products in plastic bottles with wooden container variants, you make a clear and visible step to becoming more sustainable.
4: Reduce your carbon to Net Zero
Reducing your carbon footprint is an effective way of making your salon or spa more sustainable. Whilst it may not always be possible to completely eradicate your carbon usage, it is possible to reduce your carbon as much as possible and then off-set the amount you use by giving back to the planet. Non-profit organisations such as the Zero Carbon Forum are dedicated to helping hospitality businesses reduce carbon and give back to the environment in an equal amount, known as ‘Net Zero’. Through helping to evaluate where your business carbon emissions occur, the Zero Carbon Forum can assist in reaching your sustainability targets with roadmaps customised to you.
The Green Salon Collective can also help salons with any salon waste. The collective provides a range of services, such as the recycling of hair waste to clean oil spills, recycling of discarded PPE to generate clean energy, composting salon towels and a range of education to help salons operate sustainably.
5: Make your salon or spa more sustainable electronically
Certain tech can help make your salon or spa more sustainable in other business areas. For example, Core by Premier Software® can take online bookings, email receipts, send info packs electronically, manage memberships, send electronic reports and more to reduce unnecessary waste for spa, leisure or wellness businesses. Similarly, Salon by Premier Software® manages your salon without the need for paper, such as diary booking, storing client data, online medical consultations, sending reminders, email and SMS marketing and more.
Both Core and Salon work with our degradable gift cards, too. Designed in-house to your specification, each degradable gift card comes with an eco-friendly black, white or branded carrier to help give back to your clients and the planet.
To find out how Premier Software’s systems and services can help your salon or spa become more sustainable, book a free presentation below.