Sustainable Business Spotlight: The Sustainable Salon

Last week, I wrote about why sustainability is important for businesses, and how prioritising sustainability can increase the long-term profitability of a business. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to shine a spotlight on some businesses, both small and large, who are putting sustainability at the forefront of their practices.

‘Sustainability’ can have a plethora of meanings, from eco-friendly practices to sustainable employment, there are an abundance of ways that businesses can adopt sustainable practices. Diego Padilla Vargas and Zoran Petric, the owners of The Sustainable Salon in Surry Hills, have been putting environmental sustainability at the core of their business ethos since its establishment in 2015.

We take a look at one of Sydney’s small businesses putting environmental sustainability at the core of its practice: The Sustainable Salon.

Australians are the second highest producers of waste per person in the world, and the hair industry has traditionally contributed largely to this waste, consuming huge amounts of water and energy. Salons are also typically full of toxic chemicals and produce a large excess of waste. This is why Diego and Zoran started The Sustainable Salon in 2015.

All of the hair products that the salon use are sourced from Davines, a leading sustainable beauty company, who are also tackling climate change with a variety of eco-friendly practices. These practices include sourcing packaging made from recycled materials, and making the products from organic ingredients rather than harmful chemicals.

​The Sustainable salon is also Australia’s first salon to use energy-efficient technology, with energy provided from 100% renewable sources. The salon also uses coconut shells instead of plastic for their tint/colour bowls and eco showerheads for the washbasins.

They’ve also found some great ways to eliminate the use of plastic coffee pods and tea bags. Instead, they serve up brewed tea, pour-over hot coffee, and use a cold drip coffee maker. They’ve also partnered up with Sustainable Salons Australia to recycle the paper, metal, hair, razors, chemical and plastic waste produced in the shop, where proceeds of the recycling go to charitable causes.

Even the shop fit-out is sustainably sourced, with materials upcycled and recycled from all over NSW. They also use LED lighting, biodegradable towels, plant-based soaps and cleaners, sugar cane toilet paper, a compost for food waste, and they don’t use a washing machine or dryer.

The plants throughout the store are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they help to oxygenate the space. The Sustainable Salon has taken every possible measure to ensure it is as environmentally friendly as possible. Customers can happily kick back, relax, and breathe easy, knowing that they’re not worsening climate change with every salon visit.

​You can find out more about the sustainable salon on their website.

by Sarah


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