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BEST Practices for Sustainability: Very Small organization

Winner

Belle Epoque Salon

www.besalonPDX.com

At Belle Epoque, we believe we can change the course of the high-resource and chemically dependent beauty industry. By implementing environmental practices as the core of our business practice, we can impact an industry at the local level through educating our clients, our colleagues, our competitors, and our community. We believe our practices continue to increase the demand for “green” hair salons and products without sacrificing the effectiveness of our services or our bottom line.

Employees in Portland metro area: 7
Type of business: Beauty/Hair Salon

    Unique features:
  • First Salon/ Stylist Member in North America to participate in the Zero Impact program offered by Life Gate through Davines
    Energy conservation:
  • Switched to soft white compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Three rooms are on low-watt sensor only
  • Saved more than 8,000 kWh annually since 2008
  • Participated in Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy Program
    Water efficiency:
  • Low-flow faucets
  • Filtered water system for pure, chemical free water flow
    Waste reduction:
  • Recycles hair clippings, aluminum foil and containers
  • Use biodegradable trash bags and compost-friendly water cups
    Alternative transportation:
  • Reduce all salon fees by 10 percent for any customer using alternative transportation
  • Lowered number of vender deliveries to two times per month
    Purchasing practices:
  • Use Davines as primary product line—Davines is ISO 9001 certified and uses 100 percent renewable energy
    Encouraging sustainability in others:
  • Educate customers ‘in the chair,’ on the web, and through other media channels about sustainable products and lifestyle choices
    Promoting social equity:
  • Member of the Sustainable Business Network of Portland
  • Communicate with salon clients about how to enter a new era of environmentally safe beauty services
    Community service:
  • Offer free styling services for fundraising events, such as fashion shows, to benefit Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
  • Donate salon products and clothing to local women’s shelters
  • Participate in cut-a-thon events to raise money for friends with family crises

 

Finalists

Belle Epoque Salon

Pie Footwear
Pie Footwear is an environmentally and socially conscious footwear boutique for men and women, offering year around in-store shoe recycling programs and a wide variety of vegan friendly shoes. Pie Footwear encourages consumers to indulge responsibly and join them in supporting footwear companies actively working to change industry standards, by innovating sustainable corporate practices, producing products under safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions and offering environmentally conscious footwear collections.