Written by Jenni Drake, Hairstylist at Urban Betty

Hello out there! This week’s Betty blog is for all my eco-conscious babies. Better yet, this is bigger than that. This goes out to everyone as it affects every living soul…

As a hairstylist, I have been doing hair now for 5 years and morally struggle with knowing how much of what I use to create beautiful hair contributes to waste that is polluting our planet. I love what I do but it truly breaks my heart. From the cellophane wrapping to the caps and seals on beauty industry products, plastic is a quintessential part of the beauty buyer’s experience but these things never break down. That being said, I am proud to write about how our very own Urban Betty has now become a part of the Green Circle Certified Salon community, where we will not only be recycling plastic products, but literally everything we use on a day-to-day basis, including gloves, foils, processing caps, and even the HAIR we cut off your head! And the list goes on.

Did you know, UNESCO reports that plastic debris causes the death of more than 100,000 marine mammals and more than one million seabirds each year. How does this affect us? Directly. Plastic is ingested by animals and travels up the food chain to us. We are eating GARBAGE and it is DESTROYING those precious baby angel animals and making mother Earth a disgusting place.

In 2010, it was reported that over 65 BILLION plastic packaging units were produced, a number that rose in 2017 to over 76 BILLION, and has since then only gone up. These are just a few statistics on plastic. There are many other types of waste and not just in the beauty industry. Now is the time to get VERY serious about our choices in disposal because everyone deserves good hair days, but not at the expense of our planet.

By taking steps like joining Green Circle we are making the beauty industry even more magical and impactful. I am brought to tears closing this entry and couldn’t be more proud of the boss lady Chelle Neff for being so mindful of what we are doing now to make this crazy little blue speck in the universe a clean place for all living creatures for generations to come. I also want to thank all of you clients out there for your continual support to Urban Betty and for making us the #1 salon in Austin, Texas.

To read more about this amazing movement go to: www.greencirclesalons.com