Lox Salon’s Recycling Tips

As a Green Circle salon, Lox Salon safely disposes of 95% of all our waste. Hair clippings go toward cleaning up oil spills and excess color is separated into oil and water, which in turn is processed into clean energy. We get a lot of enthusiastic questions about these processes and have found most people want to help, but don’t know where to start.

If you’ve never recycled before, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to begin. The process may seem daunting to you if you’ve spent your life simply throwing your waste in the trash, but the first step is often the hardest. Incorporating simple steps at first is a great way to start your recycling journey.

Read below for some easy tips for working toward a sustainable lifestyle.

Grab a “twin bin.” A twin bin goes next to your regular trash bin, but is instead for recyclable materials. Consider labeling the bin with what can and cannot go into recycling. The one below, courtesy of the city of Knoxville, is a great resource.

Next, take stock of your personal waste habits and set realistic goals on what you think you can and cannot do. The goal isn’t to be perfect, but to be mindful of your own shortcomings and work toward more planet conscious habits.

A simple mistake people often make is forgetting to rinse out recyclable materials with food or drink waste. This can result in the entire batch of recyclables being thrown away and your work is for naught. Remove batteries as well; those will result in the same.

Plastic bags can’t be disposed of in recycling, so consider buying a reusable tote for your shopping excursions. Bonus: they’re much more stylish than the plastic bags the grocery store is going to provide you (and they probably aren’t going to rip, leaving your eggs and other perishables wasted on your sidewalk. We’ve all been there.)

Don’t expect yourself to be perfect; taking these first steps is a commendable initiative toward a better planet for us and for future generations.

Happy New Year!