Sustainable Stories: Green Alley Salon

EDITOR’S NOTE: We want to learn how other companies approach sustainability, so we’ve decided to publish a series of posts featuring innovative companies and people who are doing their part to support our planet. See below to read a guest blog from Alli Wilkinson at  Green Alley Salon in Austin, Texas.

What’s the name of your company and what’s your company’s mission?
At Green Alley Salon, it is our mission to be as chemical free as possible.

Please explain your company’s sustainability efforts and goals.
Here at Green Alley, we try to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible. Throughout the salon, you’ll notice recycled building materials and our natural concrete flooring. No additional chemicals were used on the floors, keeping our salon atmosphere natural and “green.”

We also have LED lighting that helps prevent heat for the station lighting. Our blow dryers are suspended from the ceiling, making them light as a feather, which eliminates carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, bursitis, and repetitive stress syndrome. We also have gel pro floor matting for back tension.

We recycle our paper, plastic and aluminum. We also use a highlighting technique that uses the 100% biodegradable cotton material called biolight color pads.

Changes that we made since joining Austin Green Business Leaders is replacing paper towels to cloth towels in our guest bathroom, and installing LED lighting in our break room. We no longer give out plastic water bottles. We also use a community water bucket to pour out old customer water, and we use that to water our plants around the facility.

Why is sustainability important to your company, and how do your employees and/or customers participate?
We all believe in trying to make a difference in helping keep our Mother Earth clean. We promote all natural beauty with our techniques and beauty practices that we teach our guests.

What advice would you give other companies who are trying to get their sustainability initiatives off the ground?
Start small, and be sustainable where you can. Small changes can make a big difference.

Which ways can people support your company and where can they learn more?
I would love for everyone to have the Green Alley experience. Find us on Facebook, too.

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