Sustainable Salons: Perry Patraszewski - Blue Tit LondonHair salons could play a huge part in reversing the damage that plastics and other waste products have done to the environment. Perry Patraszewski, Director at Blue Tit London shares his eco salon tips.
At Blue Tit, we currently have eight sustainable salons across East and South London and strive to ensure that we do everything in our power to comply with our eco ethos throughout the comply with our eco ethos throughout the company as a whole. When it comes to building our salons we make sure that the materials we use are recycled, so it really is from the ground up that we strive to care about the environment. For example, our Brixton salon features up-cycled workstations, made from heavy industrial metal. When redesigning your salon interior or adding additional design features to your salon, look at ways you can recycle old materials, look for second-hand furniture, and work closely with furniture providers, interior designers and architects who have previous experience in using reclaimed materials and up-cycling.
It's also important to make the most of any natural light in your salon. This can substantially reduce your electricity bill. If you're redesigning a salon try to find ways of incorporating more natural light. In our Brixton salon, one of the design features is a huge skylight above the shampoo area. It's calming for the clients, looking up at the blue sky as they have their hair washed, and the natural light comes in and floods the salon. At night, it doubles up as an effective light feature, reflecting outside lights back in to the salon. The natural light is also perfect for client colour, too. Be sure to keep windows clean, to thoroughly maximise the natural light and remember that lighter colours throughout the salon, as well as plenty of mirrors, will also help to make the most of any existing natural light within the salon.
Ensure your salon design is time-proof; buying items made to last is the simplest way to cut down on waste and save the energy required to dispose of them. Disposal of items will of course, become inevitable at some point, so where possible, recycle everything used in the salon. Equip your salon with recycling bins. Keep separate bins for paper, plastics, glass, hair-colouring tubes and foils for meches. Separating rubbish can be confusing at first, but soon becomes a habit.