Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA) has been recognised beyond the salon sector, being named as a finalist in the Innovative Products or Services category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Their program collects waste and provides ethical salon strategies for hair, beauty and dog grooming salons that help the planet and give back to the community.

Sustainable Salons’ Paul Frasca and Hair Expo’s Elli Julia at Hair Expo

“Delivering these Awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new models of sustainability,” shared The interim Chief Executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch.

“These Awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community.”

SSA has been in operation since 2015, and collects up to 95 per cent of salon waste for recycling, re-purposing and re-use. In 2016, the program reached 63,610 clients in the Melbourne area alone, and the company continues to expand around the country.

Sustainable Salons with Kinky Curly Straight

Since its inception, SSA has conserved 1,050kg of paper, 2,625kg of plastic, 438kg of hair and 6,125kg of metals from landfill in Victoria alone, with the recycling proceeds providing 1,167 meals for disadvantaged Australians. It has also saved 300L of chemical waste, diverting it from our public waterways, and collected 1,458 ponytails for wigs to aid those suffering from cancer or alopecia.

“Becoming a finalist means that we can spread more awareness about the real difference our salons are making to our environment and local communities,” said SSA Co-founder Ewelina Soroko. “With so much confusion around recycling efforts lately, it’s of utmost importance to us that our salons can show real transparency, as well as share amazing stories that their clients can relate to.”

“Having the program recognised in the wider community as making a measurable and tangible impact for our future is an amazing highlight for us!” Co-founder Paul Frasca continued. “We couldn’t do it without the many salon members who not only believe so fiercely in the program’s values, but whose every day actions show their incredible commitment to helping us make salon waste history.”

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards is in its 15th year and promotes leadership and innovation in sustainability. The winners will be announced on October 26, in Melbourne.

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