Local salon goes green and recycles beauty waste

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Indulgence Salon in Panama City Beach is on a mission.

The owners of Indulgence Salon say they hope their transition to being a green salon encourages other salons in the area to do the same. (WJHG/WECP)

"On the average the beauty industry creates about 877 pounds of waste every minute," said Co-Owner of Indulgence Salon Tamsin Andreozzi.

They partnered with Green Circle Salons two months ago after learning about their mission to reuse beauty waste.

"We are able to re-purpose and recycle about 85% of our waste, we're targeting to get to like 95% in the next year," said Andreozzi.

In those two months, salon workers say they've already noticed a change.

"We're seeing a huge difference just in the trashcan at the end of the day. I mean, when I show you guys the amount of waste that's in the bins, just taking the trash out to the can at the end of the day it's not overflowing," said Andreozzi.

They take all of their waste produced throughout the week and send it to Green Circle Salons to be recycled.

"The hair is made into booms, all the foils and the color tubes and all the metals are melted down and they're made into bicycle parts or car parts, the color that we don't use, it's collected and it's made into energy or clean water," said Andreozzi.

Clients say they're all for the change.

"Every day we make decisions that affect the environment, that affect marine life, for me in my personal journey, it's very important for me that I make responsible decisions and Indulgence [Salon] has made that very easy for me," said a client of Indulgence Salon Terrah Waynick.

For Indulgence, owners say it was a no-brainer.

"We are trying to be more responsible for impact on the environment. If everybody can just make these small changes it will make such a huge difference," said Andreozzi, "We need to protect our environment and our community and we're just trying to take part in that."

Now, making a difference is as easy as getting your haircut.

"So many people donate their hair, well you're literally donating it every time you get a trim, whereas if you're donating it for Locks of Love or Wigs for Kids you gotta have 8-12 inches, now you can just donate it with a haircut," said Andreozzi.

Cutting waste out of their lives and keeping their clients and the environment beautiful.

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