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PLANET FRIENDLY

....low carbon, plastic-free and kind to animals

Gronn Eco Salon, Bury

 

“Everything I do, I try and do in the most sustainable way possible.”

Sustainability is clearly something that’s very close to Rachael Kennedy’s heart…

“I guess I’ve always been what you would call a conscious consumer”, says Rachael, who opened Gronn eco-salon in Bury in March 2016. “I’ve always detested plastic bags, all of my skin care products at home are plastic-free, vegan, and sustainable. My toothbrush is made of bamboo, there’s no plastic anywhere in the house”.

Rachael started her career in hairdressing at the age of 17 in Bury, and has worked all over Greater Manchester in the hair and beauty industry for the last 26 years. When she decided to take the leap and open her own salon, it felt right to return to Bury. “I wanted to run a salon in the kindest way I could, for the planet, for animals, for everyone. It came from my core values really; it’s just an extension of that”. It’s clear speaking to Rachael that a huge amount of research and care has gone into making sure that every aspect of the operation of the salon is low carbon, plastic-free, and is genuinely kind to animals and people.

 

PLANET FRIENDLY

“Everything in the salon has to be vegan – that was the first rule for me. We started with one brand of haircare products that was vegan, organic, and Fairtrade, but the distributor in the UK was wrapping all of the deliveries in plastic, and it felt really needless, so we ditched them. We now work with O-Way (which stands for Organic-Way). Their products are bio-dynamically farmed in Italy”. The products used at Gronn are vegan, Fairtrade, and the ingredients are farmed using zero pesticides. The products contain no chemicals, and are free of parabens and sulphates. All of the products come in glass bottles, that are easily recycled, and the manufacturer is even changing the dispensing spouts from plastic to aluminium, which is far easier to recycle. All of their product deliveries now come packed with nothing but a small amount of cardboard.

 

 

HOLISTIC APPROACH

But the salon doesn’t just work with planet-friendly plastic-free products. They’ve chosen an ethical electricity supplier, Ecotricity, which means 100% of their electricity comes from wind farms. Their hair washing sinks are fitted with showerheads designed to reduce water use. All of the cleaning products are planet-friendly, low chemical, and are refilled from large bottles, further reducing packaging.

The salon is also keen to care for its local community. Gronn hosts a huge range of workshops from eco-chic clothing swaps, to plastic-free Christmas wreath making, Fairtrade pop-up markets, and even a menopause vegan HRT cake and tea afternoon. Rachael works by herself at the salon, and wanted to support other women entrepreneurs in the area, so she also hosts PositiviTEA, a monthly social and support morning for female entrepreneurs.

“Everything I do, I try and do in the most mindful and sustainable way possible”. And that extends to even the smallest detail. “When I found out that teabags were full of plastic, I was shocked. We’ve now switched to only serving organic loose leaf tea”. Small items like hairdressing clips and combs are made from metal, which last far longer than the plastic versions, and can also be recycled at the end of their life. A lot of plastic hair accessories are poor quality, and also made of types of plastic that cannot be easily recycled.

Gronn salon in Bury is taking a genuinely holistic approach. A low carbon, planet friendly business, in an industry that is usually known for high energy use, high chemical use, and huge amounts of single-use plastic packaging. It’s fab to see an independent business in Greater Manchester demonstrating what’s possible, and we hope other hair and beauty businesses in the city-region are paying attention.

CONTACT

Address – 64 Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 9TP

Website – www.gronn.co.uk/
Twitter – @Gronnhair
Facebook – Gronnecosalon
Instagram – Gronhairdressing

PositiviTEA Morning Social – PositiviTEA

To get in touch, contact Rachael via the website.

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