Fort Simpson salon aims to be the greenest in the North
Salon owner plans to recycle 95 percent of waste from his business, including hair clippings, chemicals
A hair salon owner in Fort Simpson, N.W.T., is determined to make his salon the greenest in the North, with a goal of recycling 95 per cent of waste.
"I've always been interested in environmental issues," said Troy Bellefontaine, owner of Beauty Mark.
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His salon, while small —has room for just two clients at a time — produces about a "garbage bag" a week of hair and other garbage from foils and hair dye tubes.
"Foils were a big problem because we couldn't recycle them before" he said. "Now we have a way to do that."
'I like to be able to say we are the first'
Beauty Mark is the first salon in Canada's territories to join Green Circle Salons, according to the company that services 1,300 salons across North America.
It helps salons divert up to 95 percent of their waste from landfills by picking up, sorting and sending waste to recycling centres across the country.
"I think it's really exciting. I like to be able to say we are the first," said Bellefontaine.
At Beauty Mark, a fee of $1.50 gets passed onto each customer for the service — but Bellefontaine says that doesn't cover the cost of shipping, which he estimates at an additional $3.00 per customer.
For now, he said, "I'm going to eat the cost myself and show people it can be done."
Bellefontaine has also committed to curbing emissions — and keeping his shipping costs down — by driving his recyclables to Edmonton while picking up salon supplies every few months.
"He's really gone above and beyond," she said.
Once Bellefontaine works out the kinks and gets some numbers on how much waste he's diverting from the dump, he plans reach out to other N.W.T. salons, sharing his newfound knowledge on how to keep salon waste out of the landfill.
"I really hope we can be the first territory where all the salons are green," he said. "I think that would be really cool and completely achievable"