The Beauty Industry creates 877 lbs. of waste per minute! Green Circle Salons is a movement to empower salons and beauty professionals to offset their carbon emissions and recover up to 95% of their beauty waste. Green Circle Salons has been building a network of more than 16,000 Waste Warriors, schools and advanced academies throughout Canada and the United States and providing them with a comprehensive pathway to financial and environmental sustainability with a green business program. Today, Green Circle Salons has diverted almost 8 ½ million pounds of waste from landfill spaces and waterways since 2009. Green Circle Salons, through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, developed the “Environmental Beauty” scholarship for students enrolled in a cosmetology and barbering program that leads to licensure. Two recipients each received $4,000 towards tuition for their respective programs during the Beauty Changes Lives Summer Scholarship season.
Summer 2022 Winners
TIGI Hairdressing Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
Molly explains that to her, environmental sustainability is understanding that recycling is necessary, and a positive step in the right direction, but also taking responsibility for educating people on how much waste that is being produced is crucial to make real change.
Once she has received her license, and is behind the chair, she wants to educate those around her about the importance of sustainability. “We don’t get a do-over, we don’t get to press the restart button, we’ve already
done so much harm to the planet and we’re doing it at a faster and faster rate, we can’t go back in time, but we can change the trajectory,” Molly explains.
She is a firm believer to change something you must first raise awareness, and plans on using her platform to advocate for environmental sustainability within her space in the professional beauty industry. You can see her winning submission HERE.
Georgia Career Institute in Murfreesboro, TN
Allison has always had a passion for the environment and wants to make sure the world stays as green, lush, and beautiful for the future of her two children. As co-owner of Southern Glam Hair and Makeup, and now a cosmetology student working to get her license, she is learning everything she can about health and wellness. She is structuring her business around environmental sustainability, not only for the safety of the planet, but also the health and safety of her clients.
And to even take it one step further, she, along with her husband, are in the process of building a native butterfly habitat to help rehabilitate her state’s “beautiful pollinators”. She hopes to use this as a tool to educate on the importance of pollinators and native plant species.
Allison says the scholarship will give her the opportunity to finish beauty school and learn more about the
process of creating eco-friendly products and safely caring for her clients. You can see her winning submission HERE.