- - See An Inconvenient Truth
- - Swap Meridian Energy, 100% NZ owned. Uses renewable energy
- - Read paper on internet
- - Washing clothes in Cold water – 80% less electricity
- - Use internet for bill payments & banking
- - Walk, cycle, car pool or use public transport
- - Buy second hand goods
- - Take your bags for shopping
- - Recycle all plastic, glass and paper
- - Get a worm farm
- - Purchase low energy light bulbs
- - Ask your Print Co. to use paper from sustainable forests & vegetable dyes
- - Reuse envelopes and paper
- - Refill or recycle your used printer ink cartridges
- - Turn all lights & power run objects off at the wall when not needed
- - Use laptops – 90% more efficient than desktop computers
We have chosen a selection of what we believe to be some of the best care and colour products on the market today. These products have been chosen to reflect our company’s commitment to environmental sustainability without compromising on performance.
What we do…
CHEMICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
Medi Chem; disposes or recycles hazardous salon goods and processes the chemicals to render them inert or repackage for disposal.
WASTE / RECYCLE DISPOSAL
Clear recycle systems in each salon using painted bins that mirror Auckland City Council system.
Multiple waste disposal systems in each department for glass/card/plastic/cans.
Composting system for all food scraps and coffee grinds which is delivered to Kelmarna Gardens every week.
Printer cartridges; refilled or recycle.
Foil; recycled by Medi Chem.
Re-use all paper twice.
Shred all company paper used twice and use for all Sans packaging.
Old Billboards given to WAS and made into retail satchels.
Johnston Press Print; Recycled paper & vegetable dyes used in all areas.
Spam DM; Contact all companies & have us taken off database lists to minimize waste.
Tips for clients to read in the Stephen Marr menu and on the website.
Ecostore cleaning products used in salon.
Safe recycled toilet paper stocked in salon.
Brown paper unbleached bags.
Organic fair trade coffee.
Espresso machine cleaner; organic, non-toxic substance supplied by coffee supreme.
ORGANIC HAIR COLOUR
Use Cellophanes by Sebastian; semi permanent vegetable hair colour. Non-toxic and gentle on skin as well as the environment.
Peace lilies placed around working environment. Absorbs toxic odours and fumes.
WORKING WITH SUSTAINABLE COMPANIES
Carbon Neutral Courier Company.
Meridian; clean energy company, emphasis on renewable resources. 100% NZ owned.
Fruit & Vege box delivered weekly to each salon – organic, seasonal and local.
No disposable plastic to be brought into the environment.
Tiffins provided for takeaways.
Stephen Marr Eco Tanka given to all staff.
Quarterly staff education in the form of a documentary or guest speaker.
Client Xmas gifts: 400 SM Clients are given http://www.treesfortravellers.co.nz/
Once a year, a select number of Stephen Marr staff are given a paid day off to actively participate in the national Wetlands program.
What you can do…
Switch from disposable to reusable.
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper.
Avoid products that are packaged for single use or small travel size.
Skip the shopping bag.
Stop junk mail.
Take Tiffins to takeaway restaurants.
Don’t accept plastic or polystyrene (polystyrene is not recyclable).
Purchase a reusable café cup for take-out beverages.
Don’t print out your emails.
Donate your old clothes and other products to charity.
Shopping bags; buy a jute or canvas bag to take to the supermarket.
Buy second hand/recycled goods instead of brand new.
Donate your old computer equipment, look for places online that will take old hardware.
Buy products that will last, and take care of them.
Use both sides of each piece of paper.
Buy used books.
Create designated holding “bins” for each type of recycled product.
Buy products/containers made from recycled material.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn as fertilizer.
Start a compost or a worm farm.
Buy eggs in cardboard – its recyclable and better than plastic.
If purchasing new tyres ask if your old tyres will be recycled – if not, find out if there’s a tyre-recycling centre in your area.
Recycle your printer’s ink cartridges or refill your used ones.
Choose Fair Trade certified products.
Buy local, eat seasonal and go for producers that employ sustainable practices.
Buy bulk foods and choose items without packaging.
Swap to a renewable energy company – Meridian.
Switch power off at the wall when not in use, including lights.
Reduce water flow.
ALWAYS purchase local product as the air travel used to import goods requires a vast amount of energy consumption.
Check labels on food to make sure ingredients are not imported i.e pork, fruit etc.