Exciting news from Sustainable Salons HQ this week, as the organisation announces it is launching in New Zealand on 4 April.
New Zealand will be the first international post for the comprehensive resource recovery program and social enterprise, which has opened registrations for salons in the metro Auckland area and surrounds. A launch event will take place at Servilles Academy, where interested salons can learn more about the organisation’s plans for repurposing materials in the NZ market.
KiwiHarvest has been named as the community beneficiary of the program’s recycling proceeds, in line with the current Australian partnership with OzHarvest.
“When an opportunity comes up to take the sustainability movement somewhere, you make it happen,” said Ewelina Soroko of the move across the ditch. “Awareness is awesome and extremely important, but action is the only way we’re truly going to build a better planet.”
“New Zealand are our neighbours!” added Paul Frasca, Co-founder and Managing Director, also a former hairdresser. “Especially in the salon industry; Australia and New Zealand have been working and playing together for so long, whether it’s in recognising our top talents or sharing resources and education. Getting ready to spread the sustainability love across the ditch has been a huge buzz and we’re so excited that we can finally have our Kiwi mates on the Green Team!”
Devon Tong has taken on the role of New Zealand National Business Development Manager and said he was “stoked to be part of a much-needed initiative like Sustainable Salons in New Zealand”.
Steady, sustainable growth
Sustainable Salons was established in NSW and ACT in 2015, with subsequent openings in VIC, QLD, and SA. The program collects 95 per cent of the salon bin and redirects all material for reuse, recycling and repurposing solutions while rewarding each salon’s recycling efforts with useful items and savings for their business. All the proceeds from recycling are donated to OzHarvest (Australia) and KiwiHarvest (NZ); both charitable organisations are dedicated to fighting food waste and feeding the most vulnerable in the community.
At Hair Expo 2017, Sustainable Salons and Hair Expo Australia announced a three-year partnership aimed at delivering a comprehensive sustainability plan across the entire Hair Expo event and wider network.
Registrations for Sustainable Salons’ NZ program are open now at www.sustainablesalons.org
NZ Salons can also register for the Auckland launch event, taking place on 4 April from 6-8pm at sustainablesalons_nz.eventbrite.com.au