A PUSH for more sustainable hair salons across the south west has started to hit Terang, with Thomson Street Hair Design launching a new eco-friendly disposal scheme earlier this week.
In conjunction with Sustainable Salons, the salon has joined the initiative to cut back on the waste which is diverted to landfill and has become the first salon in Terang to join the movement.
Sustainable Salons has provided customised bins to allow for safe disposal of waste and other products, including paper, metals and hair.
Hairdresser Jeanette Rowe said she had been waiting for the project to arrive in the south west for about two years.
“I like the whole concept,” she said.
“We know how important hair is and how it makes people feel good.
“We’re happy to do our bit.”
Ms Rowe said the benefits of the scheme have ranged from the thousands of ponytails collected contributing to wigs for cancer and alopecia sufferers to reducing the salon’s overall carbon footprint.
Sustainable Salons business development manager Chris Barber said the Terang salon joined eight Warrnambool salons who recently signed up to the project.
Project founder Paul Frasca said the waste from the salon would be collected every two weeks for a minimal service fee.
“We go directly to the salon door to collect more than 95 per cent of the salon’s waste fortnightly,” he said.
“We provide all in-salon bins and outside collection bins to suit the salon’s needs.”
All of the profits from recycled waste would feed back into the community via OzHarvest – an Australian charity helping those less fortunate – with every dollar donated, two meals are provided to the most vulnerable.
Collections made through Sustainable Salons so far have included 43,700 ponytails which have made 2185 wigs for cancer and alopecia sufferers, preventing 89,900 kilograms of plastic going to landfill and 18,900 kilograms of hair.
For more information on the Sustainable Salons scheme, visit sustainablesalons.org.