By Alex Perry



These days, green beauty has become a standard. But most of these guidelines such as Cruelty-Free and Carbon-Neutral focus solely on products. Green Circle Salons offers standards, guidelines, and principles to help salons “create beauty, not waste.”

According to Simply Organic Beauty, every day, the salon industry in North America churns out 421, 206 pounds of waste. That’s about 150 million pounds of trash thrown into landfills and our oceans each year. Now that PPE and single-use items have become a standard in almost all industries, the concern about waste has become alarming. 

Fortunately, with over 16,000 members, it’s very likely you’ll find a GCS certification salon in your area. One of these salons, Status Salon Agency based in Livermore, California, has taken the initiative to transform its already eco-conscious salon into a more sustainable option.

One major area of concern for Status Salon was disposing of their foils with color on them. Another concern was the overuse of products during a color application. Owner JD Davison describes how GCS offered a systematic solution to seemingly unavoidable waste. 

“While we were already recycling our plastic, we knew more needed to be done. Our team is especially careful now with measuring and taking extra steps. So much product is wasted due to making too much for a client. We now use a system called Salon Scale that helps us prevent that waste during every application.” 

In addition to materials, there’s also a concern for the water systems. 

“We had a filtration system put in all our sinks, but we’re still working on a way to prevent more products from going down the drain,” JD explains. 

Cutting down on waste needing additional filtration is vital to lessening water contamination. In fact, water has long-since been an issue for salons across the United States, from Michigan to California. Droughts, hard water, low pressure, lead poisoning, and extended use of water afflict salons — and the environment — every day. 

You can make a positive impact in your home and community by avoiding products with harmful chemicals. JD has a number of product recommendations that’ll be kind to you, and the environment. Check out some of these recommendations below:


LivingProof has joined the family TerraCycle Living Proof is cruelty-free, and accredited with PETA. Living Proof does not test on animals, and their products are not sold in countries where animal testing is required by law.


SunBum is a reef-friendly product with most of our products being Vegan, including the Original Sunscreen Lotions (SPF 15-50), Original Sunscreen Sprays, Mineral Sunscreen Collection, SPF Lip Balms, Cool Down lotions and sprays along with their extensive line of Baby Bum and Hair Care products.


SugarBearVitamins contain no gelatin, making them a suitable option for vegans. Helping to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy between salon visits is essential. With vegan sourced amino acids, these vitamins may aid in collagen production. Additionally, you can get your daily dose of Omega-3, Vitamins B-12, C, D-2, E, folate, and 16 micronutrients to help support a healthy vegan lifestyle.


The Balm Cosmetics has always been a cruelty-free line. They established a standard for green packaging using 100% recyclable and made with post-consumer recycled materials.

Arbonne is our go-to line for our Vegan clients. Certified vegan and cruelty-free by PETA. Packaged in post-consumer recycled plastic resin, they eliminate the need to produce virgin plastic materials, simultaneously helping prevent what could’ve been plastic waste.


“We know that salons make a HUGE carbon footprint, and we are doing our best to minimize this in every area of the salon,” explains JD. 

If you’re looking to treat your tresses without harming the environment, explore your local options for Green Circle Salons and always keep in mind your product ingredient lists. While some waste is simply unavoidable, improving on even the smallest actions makes a huge difference. 







Alex Perry is a creative-minded story-telling specialist with experience in the newsroom, as well as working direct-to-client. She currently works with bridal, beauty, technology and cannabis brands in her PR agency, Perry Rose Media. She is a mother of two, true-blue Libra and passionate entrepreneur. Typically, you’ll find her behind blue-light blocking glasses sipping CBD-infused chai lattes. Follow Alex on Instagram Read Alex’s articles



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