Hair studio fighting the war on waste

Howick hair salon, Off the Fringe, has been awarded the Certificate of Positive Impact by Sustainable Salons for its commitment to sustainability.

Since joining the programme in May 2018, Off the Fringe and its clientele have pushed towards zero waste and are currently keeping up to 95 percent of all materials used for salon services, in circulation.

Off the Fringe team pictured with their Sustainable Salons recycling bins, pictured from left Bridgette Young (owner), Jax Reis (senior stylist) and Sarah James

Over the last 12 months, Off the Fringe has achieved the following sustainability impact on their journey to zero waste:

  •  33kg of paper recycled
  •  46kg of metals recycled
  •  42kg of plastics recycled into new packaging, outdoor furniture, landscaping supplies and underground sheeting for the NBN
  •  33l of excess chemicals recycled back into water used in construction and roadworks
  •  7kg of hair collected from the salon floor, which can make 6 Hair Booms and potentially clean up 23l of oil in a spill emergency.

“Off the Fringe’s unique footprint is one of more than 700 others who are all on this awesome mission to make salon waste history,” says Paul Frasca, co-founder and managing director of Sustainable Salons.

“To date, the Sustainable Salons Network across Australia and New Zealand has saved more than 350,000kg of valuable resources from ending up in landfill.”

But Off the Fringe is not just having a positive impact on the environment – when all the salon’s metals and paper are sold for recycling, 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to KiwiHarvest to help feed those in need. In fact, a full head of foils provides a quarter of a meal for a hungry New Zealander. To date, 95,200 meals have been provided for those in need across NZ and Australia.