BLOG - Worm farms and waters saving: meet the environmental hair salon

[Dec 6, 2016]

You wouldn't normally expect to find three worm farms out the back of a hair salon. But then again, La Unica Salon isn't your average salon. Featured on Steadfast

The hair and makeup salon in the NSW suburb of Drummoyne is breaking new ground in its industry by putting the spotlight on sustainability.

The multiple award-winning salon was named a finalist in the Environmental Business Category of its local government's Sustainability Awards for the second time this year.

It all started when the building needed rewiring four years ago, explains salon director Sal Bua.

"We chose energy efficient lighting, then worked with our local council to be more efficient water users, focus on our waste processes and then look for ways to support our local community in a sustainable way," he explains.

Initiatives implemented over the years include water-saving shower heads on the basins, relying on a clothes line rather than a dryer for wet towels, dual flushing toilets, sourcing products with a similar environmental slant to use in the salon, and recycling all aluminium foil, tubes and cans.

Some clients book in specifically because of its sustainable approach, while others aren't even that aware of the salon's green status, Bua says.

"We've even got three worm farms out the back of the salon and hope one day to be able to have beehives on our roof. We're really proud of what we do, and it hasn't been much different cost-wise to implement."

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