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Asembo in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford joins the Green Salon Collective

People getting their hair cut at a Stamford salon are playing their part to help the environment.

Asembo in St Leonard’s Street has joined the Green Salon Collective, an initiative which recycles and recovers hair, used foils, empty colour tubes, chemicals, PPE, plastic, paper and salon towels.

Natasha Parker, owner, said: “Before this, apart from paper and the obvious recyclable stuff, it was going into landfill. It was always bothering me that we threw away so much but I couldn’t figure it out.

Asembo has joined the Green Salon Collective
Asembo has joined the Green Salon Collective

“It was through my husband researching it that we found the Green Salon Collective.

“We were going to start last year but lockdown happened, then we were too busy, then another lockdown so we’ve only just had the chance to start it.”

The recycled hair goes on to make a hair boom or mat.

Asembo has joined the Green Salon Collective
Asembo has joined the Green Salon Collective

When placed in either water or on the shores of beaches, the booms will stop oil from spreading, saving wildlife while the mats can be used in a similar way but on land, parks, gardens and driveways.

Natasha said: “People always said ‘you must get so much hair, especially after lockdown’.

“We thought there must be something to do with it. We know how hair absorbs oil.”

She added: “With a rescue mission it’s great that people’s hair is going to help with oil spills. It’s not just big oil spills from big container

“It’s great that every aspect of the salon will be used for something good.”

Due to the cost of the scheme, customers have a £1 fee added to their bill.

“We’ve had very positive feedback from all of our clients,” Natasha said.

“They help us with the green fee which they pay each time they have to come in.”

Natasha believes there are currently only five businesses involved with the initiative but she would like to see more.

She said: “We are just getting our heads around it but we would encourage other salons to follow our lead.”

The business is also switching energy supply to Octopus Energy which will utilise a new solar farm at Uppingham.

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