Grand Rapids hair salon joins environmental initiative

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Waste Warriors, or salon owners that are part of Green Circle salons, keep people and the planet beautiful. Palace Flophouse in Grand Rapids is one of them.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This is an international movement to fight litter in hair salons. By joining the movement and becoming so-called Waste Warriors, salon owners everywhere are keeping people and the planet beautiful. Palace Flophouse in Grand Rapids is one of them.

Ann VanWeaver is the owner and a master stylist. She describes the salon as being “in the Uptown neighborhood. We are on Wealthy Street. We have some really amazing stores around us.

She tells 13 ON YOUR SIDE that it’s time for hair salons to start changing.

“There is a lot of waste in this industry. We have leaves that we pull and they usually go in the trash, the color we didn’t use would go down the drain and be in the water system. Even hair, when swept up, would usually go in the trash,” VanWeaver said.

Palace Flophouse is one of approximately 16,000 Waste Warriors worldwide, according to the Green Circle Salons website. It’s an initiative where salon owners are given specific containers to collect hair clippings, foil, and even leftover hair dye.

VanWeaver explained how it works, saying, “The hair that gets swept up, that goes to oil spill cleanup and then, also, the leaves. These are used for metals for bicycles and automotive parts.

She says she pays around $500 a month to participate, a fee that customers help cover, making them all Waste Warriors.

“Our customer base is a more environmentally conscious group, and so not a single customer has ever had a problem paying the extra — we just add $2 per service,” VanWeaver said.

According to its website, Green Circle Salons has been around since 2009. During that time, they claim to have helped keep more than 1.2 million pounds of beauty waste from ending up in our landfills and waterways.

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