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The hairdressing industry in the Benelux generates a staggering 13 tons of waste daily — a figure that urgently needs to be reduced. Take a step towards a greener future today by recycling hair, aluminum foils, color tubes, and color waste, and by conserving water and energy.

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Easily Recycle 90% of Your Salon's Waste: Join Green Circle Salon Today!

How it works? Joining is simple: you collect waste from your salon, and we handle the rest. As many of our partnered hairdressers confirm, 'Recycling has never been so easy.' We kickstart your journey with a recycling workshop for you and your team, providing all necessary supplies including waste boxes and marketing materials. During this workshop, we will guide you through the recycling process and answer any questions you may have.

Once equipped with the knowledge, you'll become a waste warrior, adept at sorting waste correctly in each bin. When a bin is full, a quick email notification to us ensures a prompt pickup by our sustainable transport partner.


Over 16,000 hairdressers have already embraced this initiative.

Here's why you should:

Do it for the planet – become a waste warrior

Every day, a significant amount of waste is either burned or finds its way into our water systems, harming our planet. By recycling salon waste such as hair, color tubes, aluminum foils, and excess hair color, you can be a part of the solution, actively contributing to a healthier environment.

Do it for your clients

The climate crisis is real, and more people are valuing businesses that prioritize sustainability. By becoming a waste warrior, you not only attract eco-conscious clients but also foster a community that appreciates and promotes green initiatives. Let your salon be a beacon of change, showcasing how sustainability can be seamlessly integrated into daily operations.

Do it for your revenue

Did you know that clients are willing to pay a premium for sustainable hair services? Introducing a small ecological fee not only covers the cost of our program but also provides you with additional revenue. You can reinvest this extra income to further green your salon or enhance your earnings.

Do it in order to save

Utilizing the additional revenue to invest in eco-friendly technologies can significantly reduce your salon's energy and water consumption, saving you money on long-term. It's a win-win — for you and the earth!

How much does it cost?

Being green shouldn't put you in the red. We recommend a nominal ecological contribution of 1 euro per customer, Allowing you to focus on what you do best: making your customers beautiful while also earning a little extra with each visit. Money that you can invest in ecological optimisations, or any way you like.

Waste Program

Focus only on the waste management process of your salon. This includes:
  • YEARLY FEE€250
  • COST PER BOX€195

How do you recover your contribution?

  • Your cost per visit€0,40 - €0,50
  • Your client's ecological fee€1
  • What you earn per visit€0,50


In addition to the Waste Program, this offers guidance on reducing carbon emissions and conserving water and electricity, with added benefits including carbon footprint calculation and discounts on ecological optimizations. This includes:

Beta testing

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What do our waste warriors have to say?

"Our industry generates an enormous amount of waste. That's why, as an entrepreneur, I believe it's vital to contribute to environmental preservation. Green Circle Salons facilitates this beautifully!"

Gitte Gys
Colorbar by Gitte

Interested in learning more? Schedule a non-committal 30-minute demo.

Gilles will be happy to talk to you!
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Assess Your Waste Production

Calculate the number of boxes you'll need to manage your salon's waste effectively.

Your salon can annually Master Result saving.

Excess hair coloring:
# boxes needed:
Additional revenue*:
* Door 0,50 euro ecologische bijdrage per bezoek te vragen.

Would you like to join us in making the hairdressing industry sustainable? We would be happy to explain how and what you can do.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We've got answers. Find the most common queries answered below, and don't hesitate to reach out for any further clarification. We're here to help!
  • 1. What is the cost of becoming a Green Circle Salon?

    There is an annual fee of 250 euros. Additionally, each empty box you order costs 195 euros. The number of boxes you'll need depends on your salon's size and the services you offer. Generally, barbershops and salons not using aluminum foils require one box annually. Salons offering coloring services might need up to two boxes per full-time employee each year. Use our calculator to determine your specific needs.

  • 2. How can I persuade my customers to support this initiative?

    With 75%* of consumers expressing concern for the environment, transparent communication about your salon's eco-friendly practices can resonate well with your clientele. Many will be pleased to support a business committed to protecting the environment.

    *Climate Action Awareness Report 2022 – Climate Partner

  • 3. What if I decide to exit the program?

    We operate with standard terms and conditions of sale.If you choose to leave the program, notify us three months in advance. Note that there's no need to return the boxes.

  • 4. Can I do more than just recycling?

    Absolutely! Our Full Circle Program, currently under trial with 40 salons in the Benelux region, offers advice on reducing the impact of various aspects including energy and water consumption, transportation, infrastructure, and procurement. Feel free to contact us for more details.

  • 5. Is the program financially beneficial?

    We encourage salons to introduce an ecological fee in their pricing strategy. A charge of 1€ per visit not only covers the program's cost but also generates additional revenue, fostering further eco-friendly adaptations in your salon. A survey from one of our participating salons revealed a 90% positive response to a 1€ ecological fee. 

  • 6. How many boxes will I need?

    One box accommodates waste from 350 to 500 visits. Estimate one box per year for barbershops or salons not using aluminum foils, and up to two boxes per full-time employee annually for salons offering coloring services. Use our calculator to get a precise number.

  • 7. Is recycling difficult?

    Not at all! You're likely already sorting paper, cardboard, and plastic. We'll guide you in our workshop on adding hair, excess hair coloring, and metals to your recycling routine, making the process even more streamlined.

  • 8. What happens to the collected hair?

    We have partnered with two innovative organizations to put the collected hair to good use. Human Material Loop transforms cut hair into fibers for clothing, a super innovative and necessary initiative given that many fabrics used in the clothing industry today are not recyclable. This not only introduces a completely natural and recyclable material into the fashion industry but also represents a significant step towards sustainability. Our second partner, Hair Recycle, creates mats and hair socks that are used to absorb oil in rivers, harbors, and industrial sites, leveraging the fact that one kilogram of hair can absorb up to 8 liters of oil. It's all about giving hair a second life in the most eco-friendly way possible!

  • 9. How do you handle metals, especially aluminum?

    While aluminum is recyclable, it becomes non-recyclable when mixed with chemicals. However, we've got it covered! Our partner, Vanheede, specializes in decontaminating metals from your salon, paving the way for infinite recycling opportunities.

  • 10. What do you do with the disposal of excess hair coloring?

    Disposing of excess hair coloring down the drain is detrimental to water quality. To address this, we have partnered with Vanheede to recycle this waste stream. Currently, the coloring is burned in a controlled environment to generate electricity. We are actively exploring more circular solutions to enhance this process further, let us know if you have any ideas.

  • 11. How can I encourage my team to participate?

    The initial workshop plays a crucial role in fostering understanding and enthusiasm for the program. Once your team grasps the importance of sustainability, embracing recycling becomes a natural progression. It's a simple task that integrates seamlessly into your salon's daily operations, allowing everyone to contribute to a greener future.

  • 12. How can I persuade my boss to join the initiative?

    Highlight the myriad benefits that come with joining Green Circle Salons. Not only does it project a positive image, attracting eco-conscious customers and potential employees, but it also offers tangible savings on water and energy bills through our expert advice on reducing CO₂ emissions. It's a move that promises nothing but advantages!

  • 13. What should I do when a recycling box is full?

    It's straightforward — just send us an email specifying the number of boxes ready for pickup and your preferred collection date. Our transport partner can be at your doorstep within 24 hours if necessary, ensuring a smooth and efficient recycling process.

  • 14. I have limited space in my salon. Can I still accommodate the recycling boxes?

    Absolutely! The boxes are designed to be space-efficient. The dimensions of the hair and metal recycling boxes are 60x60x30 cm, allowing them to fit comfortably in your salon. The coloring box, with dimensions of 20x15x10 cm, can be placed next to the sink in your color lab. As for the return box, which measures 90x40x40 cm, it is best stored in a storage area and can be folded to save space when not in use.

  • 15. Why is calculating my salon's carbon footprint important?

    Understanding your carbon footprint is a pivotal step towards achieving CO₂ neutrality, a goal set by the European Union for 2050. Given that salons consume substantial amounts of water and electricity, this initiative helps in pinpointing areas where you can reduce your carbon emissions. Moreover, with new regulations expected to roll out in the coming years, early adoption gives you a head start in compliance and sustainability efforts.

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Experience a hassle-free transition to a greener salon, resulting in reduced waste and happier customers.

Green Circle Salons Benelux
Xavier De Cocklaan 86-88
9831 Sint-Martens-Latem

BE 0790.181.004

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