Hair cuttings from salons in the UK are being used to mop up oil spills, and hair bleaches and dyes are being burned to create energy as part of a scheme to make the hairdressing industry greener. Hairdressing foil is being recycled. Over the last 10 months, 550 salons across the UK and Ireland have signed up to the Green Salon Collective (GSC), an initiative to reduce salon waste through recycling and education programs. Helen Bird, strategic technical manager for plastics at WRAP, the UK’s waste advisory body, said, “With nearly 90 percent of us now regularly recycling at home, more of us want to ensure that we recycle all that we can at work too. It’s great to hear of initiatives such as the Green Salon Collective to enable the recycling of valuable resources such as aluminum foil.”

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