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Sustainable Beauty Coalition calls for salons to commit to reducing emissions

By Rebecca Hitchon | 23 October 2021 | Events, Feature, News, Sustainability & the environment

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The Sustainable Beauty Coalition (SBC), formed by the British Beauty Council in July 2021, has written an open letter calling for hair and beauty salons to commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The SBC exists to develop a clear strategy, roadmap and initiatives, which will accelerate the sustainability efforts of the industry.

The letter asks for salons to sign up to the SME Climate Hub, an online resource that helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to measure their emissions, while serving up ways to directly reduce their daily energy and waste usage.

It opens up the doors for SMEs, (businesses of up to 250 employees), to join the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign, which brings together international governments and figures to achieve net zero emissions by no later than 2050.

“We know that our industry uses a lot of water, heat, electricity…. and all of us are trying to do our bit,” comment representatives from the SBC. “However, we could be in danger of facing water shortages or tax hikes on industries like ours that are higher carbon output, so let’s do something now to change this.”

The letter stresses the importance of taking direct action so that the beauty industry can be ahead of changes in government and can shape how the climate crisis is tackled.

It also mentions the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021. Ahead of this, as many small and medium-sized beauty businesses as possible are encouraged to sign up to the Climate Hub, in order to ensure the industry is recognised as one that is committed in the fight against climate change.

Sign up for the SME Climate Hub at smeclimatehub.org. 

The UK government has a dedicated page for UK businesses, which can be found here.