229 Bear Street #105
Banff T1L 1B3 Canada
Living in a national park comes with its own unique responsibilities. Nature is tangible here – there are mountain views from your doorstep and deer using the crosswalks. You can see the direct effects of litter and waste when bears are photographed holding disposable coffee cups and coyotes are found late at night cleaning up snacks that are spilled on the sidewalk.
At BEATNIK Salon, we’re very conscious of being a business in Banff National Park, and the implications that has for protecting our natural environment. We strongly believe that the beauty industry doesn’t have to be wasteful so we’re doing our best to lessen our impact and put the planet first, working towards becoming Banff’s most responsible and green eco-salon. Our goal in implementing environmental initiatives is to help maintain the long-term well-being and sustainability of Banff.
In early 2020, the Town of Banff awarded us a ‘Zero Waste Trailblazer’ designation for the sustainability initiatives we have put in place to move towards being zero waste. ‘Zero Waste Banff’ is a program that empowers businesses to help eliminate garbage going to landfill by the year 2050, with a municipal waste reduction goal of 1,500 tonnes being diverted each year.
From the beginning, we’ve made ecological responsibility a top priority for BEATNIK. We’ve audited every aspect of our salon and created systems in each area to be as eco-friendly as possible, from framing our mirrors with energy efficient, low wattage bulbs that use 88% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and last for over 8 years, to our reusable cup program that keeps single use cups out of landfill by instead allowing our clients to borrow a cup from us. Our team is passionate about the mountains and glaciers that surround us and have made a commitment to become more eco-friendly stylists.
We’re fortunate to partner with some environmentally conscious companies that are setting the bar higher in the beauty industry, such as KEVIN.MURPHY. We chose to be an exclusive KEVIN.MURPHY salon because they are an ethical and effective product line that is sulphate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. Their products are produced using natural ingredients from sustainable and renewable sources and are harvested in a way that does no harm to the environment. With KM’s Ocean Waste Plastic packaging, 360 tonnes of plastic are being removed from the ocean every year and, to further reduce plastic consumption and waste, we offer our clients refills on KEVIN.MURPHY washes, rinses and select styling products.
We are also using KEVIN.MURPHY’s sugarcane bowls. Made from 100% renewable sugarcane with zero plastic or wax coating, these colour bowls are completely compostable within 30 days, reducing water usage in-salon and preventing excess colour being rinsed down the drain.
We've partnered with Green Circle Salons to eliminate our salon waste. Green Circle collects, recycles & repurposes hair clippings, used foils, colour tubes and excess hair colour, diverting them from landfills and waterways. They have recently launched a PPE Recovery Program, responsibly disposing of the ‘new’ waste that the pandemic has created, including gloves, face masks, paper towel and disinfecting wipes. We also offer an aerosol recycling program for our clients, where we send their empty product containers to Green Circle.
At the basin, we’ve installed an Ecohead showerhead that uses 65% less water and doubles water pressure, conserving energy, reducing additives and impurities, and softening water for cleaner, smoother hair.
Most recently, we have audited our laundry system and started using TruEarth dissolvable detergent strips, removing the need for excessive plastic packaging. We also made the switch to fully compostable dryer sheets. We run our washing machine with cold water on the 'precise fill' setting to reduce water usage, and our dryer is always run on a timed cycle to prevent unnecessary running time.
During the pandemic, we hosted a cut-a-thon, offering half-priced haircuts to unemployed restaurant workers with all the funds being donated to Banff Food Rescue. Their team works tirelessly to keep good food out of landfills and, in turn, provides our community with affordable food. Helping this non-profit cover its operating costs was a cause that meant a lot to us and aligned with our salon’s eco motives.
We are currently involved with the Town of Banff’s ‘Trash Talks,’ which is a think tank for concerned businesses and individuals working to help Banff achieve zero waste status. Our hope is to raise the consumers’ expectations so that an eco-friendly experience becomes the norm going forward not only in the salon industry, but in all business sectors. Our planet deserves it!
We began implementing eco-friendly initiatives when we first opened in 2017 but have expanded these practices over the years. We were awarded aa ‘Zero Waste Trailblazer’ designation by the Town of Banff in early 2020 for the sustainability initiatives we have put in place. The work we're doing is ongoing and we are always looking for ways to improve and become even more environmentally responsible.
184.108.40.206 | 28/06/2021