Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 61 May 2015 Contents “I personally feel ever y business should
give back to charities and the environment
in some way. SSA does both those things
as well as making a positive and longterm
change for the future of the industry.
“At Judena Taylor we feel it’s our
responsibility to help create harmony
as best we can in our daily lives between
humans and nature. It may be small
beginnings but over the long term it’s
guaranteed to make a big impact.”
Sustainable Salons Australia was founded
by Paul Frasca and Ewelina Soroko, also the
co-founders of the award-winning sustainable
foil brand Refoil and student paper The Mane
Edition, aimed at enthusing, guiding and
inspiring young and upcoming hairdressers.
Paul, a hairdresser for more than 20 years
who has spent most of his career travelling the
world styling an elite clientele, is also a director
on the board of the Australian Hairdressing
Council, responsible for improv ing
environmental practices in the industry.
“I am a sustainability expert,” says
Ewelina. “Prior to starting Refoil and SSA
I was consulting European fashion brands
in environmentally responsible production
processes and recyclability of their garments.
“ This year we’ve launched Sustainable
Salons Australia, a comprehensive resource
recover y ser vice for hair salons that collects up
to 95 percent of the salon waste bin, rewards
salons and gives back to the community.
“Our research showed that the industry
is suffering from a major waste problem.
Salons send an estimated one million kilos
of foil, 500,000 kilos of colour tubes and
400,000 kilos of hair to landfill yearly.
“The recycling facilities offered to salons
are limited, causing many waste materials to
pollute water ways and contaminate our soil.
“SSA is the solution to the salon waste
problem. We are an industry first-and-only
resource recovery ser vice committed to:
• Reducing the salon’s ecological footprint
by implementing env ironmentally-
• Achieving zero waste by collaborating on
• Supporting charitable causes.
• Keeping people, planet and profit in mind
with ever y business decision made.
“We believe that if we as an industry come
together and share a common goal of zero
WE HEAR THE words “sustainable” and “sustainability” almost every day. But what
does it mean exactly?
Is it about people and culture, the environment, or jobs and money? Is it about cities
or the country? Is it about you and me or is it something for other people to worry about?
Sustainability is about all of these things and more. It could be defined as “an
ability or capacity of something to be maintained or to sustain itself ”. It’s about
taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the potential for people in the
future to meet their needs.
If an activity is said to be sustainable, it should be able to continue forever.
Some people say it is easy to recognise activities that are unsustainable because we
know them when we see them.
Think of extinction of some species of animals, often due to the activities of
humans. Or salinity (salt) in our rivers due to changed land management practices.
And at home, the amount of packaging you put in the bin that has to go into landfill.
Living sustainably is about living within the means of our natural systems
(environment) and ensuring that our lifestyle doesn’t harm other people (society
It’s a big idea to get the head around, for all of us. But it’s really thinking about
where our food, clothes, energy and other products come from and deciding whether
we should buy and consume these things.
For example, you can buy timber imported from other countries to use in your
home or business, but do you know enough about the rules in place in those countries
to prevent animals from being harmed during the timber harvesting process. Or, if
the local indigenous people support the harvesting, how much they get paid?
Increasingly our lifestyle is placing pressure on natural systems. Scientists continue to
investigate how human interactions with natural systems can be improved and sustained.
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