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Local salon turning waste into recycled, reused products


TRURO – For the past several weeks, a local hair salon can claim to have produced very little waste.

That's because the Head Shoppe, at the Truro Mall, has been participating in a company-wide recycle/reuse program.

"Everyone is all on board," said manager Jen McCallum. "In what we do, we make people feel beautiful and we want to make our environment beautiful as well."

The Head Shoppe is one of more than 20 salons and spas in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick owned by the Salon Resource Group to convert to the Green Circle Salon System. The system collects, recycles and reuses beauty byproducts in an environmentally responsible way.

Previous to the conversion, most waste went into the garbage or was disposed of in other ways.

"The waste that's created is about half a pound per day, per stylist," said McCallum. "Through this program, they expect 70 to 90 per cent to be diverted. That's a huge thing."

Plastic waste is still cleaned by the staff at the Head Shoppe, which is then picked up by the Truro Mall for disposal.

Through the program, colour and haircut byproducts are separated into respective bins before being shipped to Maritime Beauty Supply. Hair waste has various uses, including being made into mats to absorb oil spills, such as was the case in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Hair waste is also used to create pillows, which are then shipped to refugee camps following natural disasters," said McCallum. "They clean the hair up and use is as stuffing for pillows."

Chemicals are shipped to a company in Montreal for repurposing. McCallum said it can be transformed into energy through a specialized incineration process, and also used in cement for sidewalks.

The Head Shoppe has roughly a dozen stylists at its Truro location, and if all stylists were only booked for haircuts, they could accommodate about 80 cuts per day.

"That's a lot of hair, that's now put to good use," she said. "We're really happy to be part of that."

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

That's because the Head Shoppe, at the Truro Mall, has been participating in a company-wide recycle/reuse program.

"Everyone is all on board," said manager Jen McCallum. "In what we do, we make people feel beautiful and we want to make our environment beautiful as well."

The Head Shoppe is one of more than 20 salons and spas in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick owned by the Salon Resource Group to convert to the Green Circle Salon System. The system collects, recycles and reuses beauty byproducts in an environmentally responsible way.

Previous to the conversion, most waste went into the garbage or was disposed of in other ways.

"The waste that's created is about half a pound per day, per stylist," said McCallum. "Through this program, they expect 70 to 90 per cent to be diverted. That's a huge thing."

Plastic waste is still cleaned by the staff at the Head Shoppe, which is then picked up by the Truro Mall for disposal.

Through the program, colour and haircut byproducts are separated into respective bins before being shipped to Maritime Beauty Supply. Hair waste has various uses, including being made into mats to absorb oil spills, such as was the case in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Hair waste is also used to create pillows, which are then shipped to refugee camps following natural disasters," said McCallum. "They clean the hair up and use is as stuffing for pillows."

Chemicals are shipped to a company in Montreal for repurposing. McCallum said it can be transformed into energy through a specialized incineration process, and also used in cement for sidewalks.

The Head Shoppe has roughly a dozen stylists at its Truro location, and if all stylists were only booked for haircuts, they could accommodate about 80 cuts per day.

"That's a lot of hair, that's now put to good use," she said. "We're really happy to be part of that."

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

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