TAFE SA’s Hair and Beauty team has signed up to the Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA) initiative in 2018, pledging to recycle 95 per cent of all salon waste.
As part of the initiative, SSA donates hair clippings to Variety Australia, which are used to make wigs for children who have experienced hair loss.
Hairdressing student Nadege Limoux was one of the first to make a donation to the cause, chopping off her ponytail and donating it to SSA.
Nadege, who is an apprentice at Hair Machine Glenelg, had been researching SSA for her salon and was excited to see that TAFE SA had signed up on her return to study this year.
SSA offers salons a regular pick up service for salon specific waste materials including hair clippings, chemicals, metals, paper, plastic, razors, tools and more.
SSA also works with recycling partners to come up with exciting innovations that turn salon waste into valuable resources and initiatives such as:
- Glasses frames made from salon plastic packaging
- Production of hair booms used to soak up oil spills in the ocean
- Metals used in salon colouring services being sold as scrap metal with funds donated to Oz Harvest to provide meals for charities.
For more information about Sustainable Salons Australia visit their website.