SSA are an online platform where you simply type in your postcode or suburb, and salons embracing sustainable and eco-friendly practices pop up. No googling, emails back and forward with the salon, and extensive late night research. SSA literally do all the work for you.
SSA have a goal: to achieve zero waste in the salon industry. They strive for zero waste by recycling 95% of their salon members’ waste. SSA do this by installing colour coded bins in a salon when they sign up. These are emptied by SSA every two weeks. The bins separate chemicals, metals, hair, plastic, paper, and razors. Once collected, each of these materials are recycled in different ways.
Eyewear companies, such as Dresden, melt the plastic shampoo bottles down to create colourful, classy eyewear. Plastic which cannot be recycled this way, is recycled by Plastic Forests. Plastic Forests turn the bottles into long lasting plastics like underground electrical cable cover which protects expensive assets and lasts for thousands of years.
Have you ever heard of a hair boom? A hair boom is essentially a stocking filled with hair swept up from the salon floor. It is used to soak up oil spills. A hair boom is an eco-friendly alternative that replaces usual oil spill remedies, like dispersants, which are costly to the environment. When the hair is long, SSA members donate it to Variety to be turned into wigs and used by children who suffer from hair loss due to illness. SSA go above and beyond to work out how every piece of waste can be turned into another resource.