Recycling at Chatters with Green Circle

Kassidy Goodall April 18, 2019

There is a dark side to the beauty industry that isn't so pretty, and that's the waste that it creates! About a year and a half ago the Chatters Family started buzzing about "Green Circle". At our 2017 Chatters Symposium our operations team made the announcement that our salons will officially be Green Circle certified by 2018. So what does it mean to be "Green Circle Certified"? Let's chat about it shall we?

salon waste

Who is Green Circle Salons?

certified sustainable

Green Circle Salons provides the world’s first, and North America’s only, sustainable salon solution to recover and repurpose beauty waste ensuring that we can help keep people and the planet beautiful. They are able to transform beauty waste into a desirable commodity. Their program allows salons to repurpose and recover up to 95% of the resources that were once considered waste; materials such as hair, leftover hair color, foils, color tubes, aerosol cans, paper and plastics. We are stoked to be able to partner up with them to be an eco friendly hair salon!

How is Salon Waste Managed?



Includes: Aluminum Foils, Colour Tubes, Food & Beverage Cans, Tin Containers, and K-Cup Lids

Per day, in the USA and Canada the salon industry throws out 109,512 lbs of colour tubes and foils! That waste takes a minimum of 80-100 years to start decomposing in landfills! These metals are then melted down and re-purposed to be used as raw material. 


hair clippings

Includes: Anything that grows on your head! 

Instead of going into a landfill to rot and create extremely harmful greenhouse gas, the hair we snip at Chatters gets a new life inside a hair boom. These booms are then used to help clean up oil spills because it can absorb 12X it's weight in oil!

Hair Colour By Product

hair color

Includes: Excess Hair Colour, Lightener, Excess Peroxide

North Americans pour 42,122 lbs of hair colour waste down the drain daily. By putting it through an incineration process, Green Circle separates the chemical from the water contents in the by product in order to create clean water! Then the chemical is re-infused back into their power grids for clean energy! 



Includes: Those things you put on your hands! 

The collected gloves from our salons are mechanically and or manually separated into the various forms of plastic that make them up. The separated plastics are then used to be molded into new plastic products.

How YOU Have Contributed by Visiting Chatters

By visiting Chatters YOU are doing your part to make beauty beautiful. Here are some stats that your contributions have resulted in.

Average Waste Diverted Per Day: 178 lbs

Average Waste Diverted Per Week: 1,248 lbs

Waste diverted to date: 81,016 lbs


Here is a photo of a typical load from our Southpointe Common location in Red Deer! On average, this location creates this amount of waste for Green Circle to come pick up every 2-3 weeks! Now picture that across 111 locations in Canada!

Average Loads Per Month (All locations): 139

In order to make all of this possible our guests are charged a $2 environmental fee with their services to contribute to our green initiative. We all owe it to our planet to be conscious of the waste we are creating and how we can make a difference! Learn more about Green Circle salons at


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